In Open Source, Languages Used for Web Apps Are on the Rise
We've done several posts on how open source skills can arm job seekers with valuable differentiation from the rest of the pack, and lots of support for that concept continues to arrive. From working for commercial open source companies to working on open source-focused divisions at big companies such as Google, skills with tools such as PHP, Hadoop, and open source content management system platforms can be really valuable in today's tough job market.
In this post, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert took note of the very favorable trends in the job market for people with Drupal skills. In Elance’s Online Work Index, which analyzes the hot categories for tech jobs posted on its online marketplace, PHP-related jobs held the number one spot in July (as has been true since February). Now, Black Duck software, which maintains a large knowledgebase of trends in open source usage, is out with some notable statistics about which programming languages are showing momentum in open source projects, and how they're being influenced by growth in web applications.
Among specific findings:
-- 65% of open source code is C, C++, and Java
-- C is the only language that has broken the billion lines-of-code barrier.
All of these findings are consistent with results from the Future of Open Source survey, done earlier this year, where respondents overwhelmingly said that web applications and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) represent prime territory for disruptive open source development (see graphic below). I expect that the next several years will bring many more open source web applications, and that skill with languages such as PHP that are showing growth will become more and more valuable.