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As an engineer looking to progress in ones career, it is of the utmost importance to constantly enhance ones skill set to remain relevant. After all, nobody is interested in an expert with knowledge about a language that is deemed irrelevant. After analyzing the latest batch of data in our quarterly skills watch, it is apparent that Golang (Go) is a language on the rise. The C++, Python and Java mix based language developed by three Google engineers, Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson, has shown considerable strength over the last couple of years.

Nearly synonymous with the evolution of open source software, the LAMP stack was the de facto standard for years. The combination of Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP was a must for any individual interested in having a Linux system administration job or web application development. Each of these components was in such a demanding position that it appeared it was a combination that would have legs for years to come. Sure, technological advancements happen at a rapid pace and the scenery is ever changing, but it was tough to envision a world that did not include the LAMP stack. To this day, it is still widely used, but based on the numbers, it is in decline.

There has been concern for nearly five years application servers are dead. Truth be told, they are not dead, but is their usage in decline? The simple answer is yes. Over the years, it appears corporate environments have decided the "return on investment" is not there when looking at Java application servers. On the surface, one might assume that the likes of WebSphere or WebLogic might be the ones in decline due to cost. Perhaps it is just affecting the proprietary choices, while their open source based derivatives are growing or remaining steady? Appears not. Whichever Java application server you choose, all of them are in a state of decline.

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