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It has been nearly a year and a half since Microsoft and Red Hat announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux would be available on Microsoft's Azure, and to say the least, the results have been astounding. That may not come as a huge shock to a number of people, however, the data results have been worthy of noting its success. The collaboration between these two companies might have caught a few off guard, since we all probably remember the “Linux is a cancer” days. But, it appears these two behemoths have let bygones be bygones, and the consumer is the real winner as a result.

While still small in comparison to Amazon's Web Services, the numbers we have seen for companies searching for individuals with experience on Microsoft Azure have risen dramatically. When the collaboration was initially launched, there were 273 job listings looking for Azure exposure. With our latest batch of results coming this month, July 2017, that number has jumped to 705. Thus, an increase of over 150% since April 2016. It is clear that companies have migrated to this combination in large numbers, thereby solidifying its success.

in-demand software depeloper skills
The application space is the place to be. A lot of work has been done in the low-level Linux arena, and it continues, but the growth over the last few years has been in the application space. With that being the case, which language are developers utilizing to build these apps? In short, it depends, which I know does not come as a huge surprise. But, with the data that we have, we are able to determine which languages are leading the way.

The language that finds itself on the top of the mountain is Java. Being around open source software for over 15 years, this was not always the case. Early on, we did not see a lot of interest in Java developers, but boy has that changed. It is the definitive leader in the application space currently. While the numbers have not grown in the last six quarters, the sheer overall number is impressive. On average, companies are asking for Java skills in over 1 in 3 job postings focused on FLOSS. Quite a feat for a language that did not register on the radar years ago. And, based on its heavy use with Android, it would not be a surprise to see this number increase in the future.

Another language that is used prominently in the application space is C++. While its numbers can't quite compete with that of Java, it still commands a large marketshare in this arena. Whereas Java is asked for in 1 of 3 postings, C++ is required in 1 of 4. Much like that of Java, its numbers have remained relatively stable over the last six quarters. C++ has always been heavily utilized, and even though Java has superseded it, it remains a highly relevant language.

demand for scripting languages
Scripting is an essential attribute of an administrator's skill set. With all the choices that exist, which one is best? In this area of technology, more so than almost any other, it is all about taste and preferences. Whether it is Perl or Bash or Python, the job will get done. All that matters is the manner in which it gets done. Therefore, the clear cut answer to the question of which is best, is completely up to the administrator. We will provide the statistics we are able to analyze from the marketplace, and if it sways your decision one way or the other, fine, but it does not need to. There is no wrong answer.

Most of the popular scripting languages have shown steady growth over the last six quarters, with one exception, Perl. For some reason, Perl has seen about a 10% decline over the period analyzed. Along with every other language, the movement is not drastic, yet noteworthy based on the overall data. It peaked in early 2016 at nearly 1,900 requests per 10,000 job listings. It now finds itself just below 1,700. As for the reason why this has taken place, your guess is as good as mine. Whatever the rhyme or reason, corporation's are not asking for it as much presently.

The one scripting language that garners the largest numbers and is still in growth mode is Python. Whereas Perl has declined by about 10%, Python has seen growth of a little over 10% during the last year and a half. Its reading as of January 2016 registered in at 2,566 out of 10,000 listings. As of April 2017, the number of listings requiring Python skills has increased to 2,826. The numbers in between have been a little haphazard, but at the end of the day, the trajectory is moving upward.

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