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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.

linux distributions most on demand
Remember in the bygone era when which distribution to use was a hotly contested subject? Slackware, RedHat, Suse, Debian, TurboLinux, etc. Which one to choose? Apt-get or yum for updates? There were so many choices. Small organizations and individuals were dabbling with a multitude of these. And, luckily, there was never a wrong answer. Much like in other aspects of our lives, it came down to personal preference. Oh how times have changed. Linux made its way up the ladder into the enterprise, and now is prevalent in all sizes of organizations. During that transition, the number of distribution's has dwindled, while the “follow the herd” mentality has taken shape. The end result is four distribution's that really fall on the radar screen.

Red Hat is clearly in the pole position. To its credit, it established itself as a noteworthy entity prior to others on this list. It was the first to go public, and it has not looked back. Even with traditional behemoths like IBM and HP breathing down its neck. Red Hat was smart to form partnerships with these larger entities, which helped catapult them to the number one position. The culmination of these strategic moves has resulted in a reading of between 800 and 900 over the course of the last six quarters. That is twice the results of the distribution in the number two slot.

A microcosm of today's world includes building cars via robots, self driving vehicles, etc. No matter the task, it appears the number one goal is to automate it as much as possible. The technology landscape is no different. DevOps engineers are asked to automate as many tasks as possible in the current environment. This benefits both the engineer and the corporation. As an engineer, there are a lot of choices to complete a particular task at your disposal, but which automation tools are leading the way?

Probably not surprising, Puppet and Chef tend to garner the largest overall numbers. That has been the case when the data was originally analyzed, and it continues to this day. However, the more important piece is, are they growing? In both cases, the answer is no. Puppet has seen a decline of nearly 10% over the last six quarters, while Chef has seen an increase of about 7% over that same time period. In a nutshell, they both garner large demand, but they have remained fairly stagnant.

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