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Technical.ly’s Editorial Calendar explores a different topic each month. The July 2018 topic is programming languages. These stories explore the rise and fall of certain types of code, and the people that are using them to build new things.
Ahead of 2018, just as last year was dying off, software development bootcamp Coding Dojo crunched the data from Indeed.com’s dev jobs for its annual report on the most sought after programming languages.
After poring over thousands of job postings, the results were in: Java, heavily used for application building in the financial services industry, was once again leading the pack, with 62,000 job postings across the country.
But unlike Java, which decreased in popularity by about 6,000 jobs from the previous yearly analysis, Python rose in popularity by about 5,000 jobs and claimed the number two spot. Python, a general purpose language first released in 1991, has seen a steady uptick in usage over the past eight years, perhaps driven by its frequent use in fields like data analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Though no fresher data has yet been made available for Philly-specific demand, last year the Bellevue, Wash.-based company ranked en vogue languages in the Philadelphia area:
- Swift / iOS
In search of fresher data, and to get some context on what the developers of the future are learning at local bootcamps and digital education nonprofits, we reached out to a few local instructors. Here’s what they said:
In case you haven’t heard, the University of Pennsylvania launched the Penn LPS Coding Boot Camp, an initiative of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies in collaboration with “workforce accelerator” company Trilogy Education Services.
Wert said, beyond demand for specific languages, problem-solving and creative thinking is the skill in highest demand for programmers.
“Languages come and go as we’ve seen with PHP, and as a lot of employers are currently implementing React, but those same employers will always need developers who can solve problems and think outside the box,” Wert said.
At the end of last year, WeWork acquired New York-based coding bootcamp Flatiron School, which has campuses in six cities. Though there are no Philly campuses, the bootcamp has an online platform for students to join remotely.
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