Automation software has changed throughout the years based on need. It was a mere three years ago where it was Puppet and Chef clearly in the lead in the automation software race. But, as we all know, three years can be a long time in the technology field, and thus it is not overly shocking if changes occurred throughout that time. No different than when analyzing the competitors in this field. Whereby Puppet and Chef were once a dominate force with the likes of Ansible and Jenkins on the rise, the rankings have been flip flopped. Ansible and Jenkins presently find themselves surging, while Puppet and Chef are slowly moved to the back seat. Why is that the case?
The trend has been there. It was a mere two years ago when we mentioned that Python was on the heels of Java. And, we wanted to see a few consistent quarters with it being the case to make sure it was not a temporary surge. The data has shown unequivocally that Python is now the most dominant language. In a world where the new guard always seems to get press, it is an old stalwart that has fended off the up-and-coming crowd.
The first data collection that showed this revelation happened in January of 2019. At that time, Python and Java were nose-to-nose in the results. Over the course of the last year (four quarters), each quarter for Java remained stagnant. A plus-minus of 100 was the outcome. While not losing too much ground, not gaining any either. Meanwhile, those same four quarters have resulted in plus 500 for Python. Needless to say, it remains in growth mode.
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