March 2013 job trends posted

The latest stats are up

http://jobstractor.com/monthly-stats

A weak start to the year continues but we’re not far from where we were this time last year now.

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February 2013 programming language trends

The latest stats are up

http://jobstractor.com/monthly-stats

A slightly weak start to the year, not sure if the drop at the end of last year was less seasonal and more an indication of a long running trend.

Also, if you missed it I put up my review of the stats for all 2012

http://jobstractor.com/trends/2012-Review

There were a couple of write ups of the stats which caught my eye on site point and i-programmer.

http://www.sitepoint.com/best-programming-language-of-2013/

http://www.i-programmer.info/news/99-professional/5433-job-trends-via-twitter-activity.html

 

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2012 Programming language trends review

My review of the trends for 2012, including some new stats is available here:

http://jobstractor.com/trends/2012-Review

I hope you find it interesting :)

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January 2013 programming language trends

I’ve put up the first job trends post of the year, and added in a trend chart showing the data for all tracked languages over the last 12 months.

http://jobstractor.com/monthly-stats

Looking over the year you can see Action Script becoming less popular, which I think was one of my predictions. It’s interesting to see PHP and Java jobs seem to trend down over the year with others staying a bit more stable. January should see a rebound in listings so we can maybe start comparing against the same month each year. Objective C skills have as predicted been in demand this year but still haven’t taken either of the top two spots from Java and PHP. The way things are going though that could easily change in 2013.

Android skills haven’t faired particularly well or particularly badly but have certainly failed to challenge Objective C in any way. There’s little indication of that changing at the moment although possibly a large number of Android tablets (kindle fire, nexus, etc) being given as Christmas presents will result in a change, then again maybe not.

That’s it for a round up of the stats right now. I’ve put a little bit of work in to try and make the stats easier for me to create and may improve further on that in 2013. If so it could give me more time to look a bit deeper into some of the data, something I’ve been saying I’ll do for a year now and not finding time for.

 

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October job trends

I’ve posted the October job trends. Looks like people are back from their hols now :)

http://jobstractor.com/trends/October-2012

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September job trends

I’ve posted the September job trends. Anyone know where Ruby and Python guys go on their holidays?

http://jobstractor.com/trends/September-2012

 

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Now might be the best time to build something on Twitter’s platform

Firstly apologies if you’re bored with the hysteria surrounding twitter’s v1.1 api  announcement, I too had quite enough the other day. I promise to:

  1. Keep this post short
  2. Say something I’ve not seen elsewhere

The announcement in two parts

Twitter doesn’t want you

  1. Creating basic twitter clients which replicate the twitter web or mobile apps

Twitter is quite happy for you to

  1. Create analytics products on top of twitter data
  2. Create ‘Enterprise clients’

So ultimately your ‘Learning to use an API 101′ project to create a twitter client won’t be allowed to be released as a product. But if you’re creating an enterprise client, Twitter is now saying that’s fine. This is something I don’t believe they’ve made clear in the past. Companies like Pluggio now probably have a clearer future than ever before.

Likewise, if you’re building on the data twitter captures you’re equally well supported by this announcement. 

Why build on twitter’s platform now?

Firstly, if you have an idea for a new twitter client which will look nicer or allow people to scroll with the volume controls on android because you missed the class which explained that was a terrible idea. Don’t. You’re probably very talented and should spend your efforts elsewhere.

If you do have another idea though, be it analyticsy or enterprisey, now could be the best ever time to go for it. Consistent advice in investing (and startups are an investment, if not of money then certainly your time) is to zig when everyone else zags. With all the foaming at the mouth pouring all sorts of FUD into the water, your competition right now will be a lot less. Some seem to have realised all isn’t bad with the announcement, so there are still a few out there to compete with. But, you could steal a head start on others who may be needlessly scared away by the tidal wave of missing the point out there.

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