Welcome back! Hacker News Hiring Trends returns from a Spring Break to get caught up on 2019 technology trends. It may come as a surprise, but React is still on top, running its win streak past 2 years. React first won in June 2017 and has been on top ever since. No other technology has enjoyed such a string of success in the 8 year history of "Who is hiring".
With React's incredible rise and dominance, this month marks 22 wins in a row, it becomes an interesting challenge to find other trends in the rankings. One such trend worth mentioning is the database battles. A few years ago, the competition between PostgreSQL and MySQL was close with each going back and forth. Sometime around 2015, PostgreSQL began to consistently beat MySQL and fast forward to 2019, it's no longer close with PostgreSQL opening a 10% lead over MySQL this month.
Will React ever be defeated? That is the question I am beginning to ask each month as React continues to dominate the whoishiring posts on Hacker News. You have to think React can't continue this dominance indefinitely, it will begin a decline at some point. But, when, and what will dethrone it?
Overall, the rankings look similar to previous months, including a Top 5 that is exactly the same as last month. 5-10 saw a little bit of movement with Postgresql moving up 4 spots from 10 to 6. Go cracked the top 10 again with a jump from 11 to 8, becoming the third most popular programming language in the rankings.
November's job postings were in line with most of 2018 as React remains on top with a strong lead again after a close call last month. If this holds for React in December, it'll have been in the top spot for the full calendar year. That will be the first time a technology will have that distinction in these rankings. If that's not enough React, it's also worth mentioning that November, 2018 marks the 2 year anniversary of React's first win in November, 2016.
While there was a little bit of a shake-up internally within the Top 5 in September compared to previous months, the players mostly look familiar. At the top, React claimed its sixteenth win in a row, a streak that began in June, 2017. Following up in second as usual, Python continued its own streak. Making a first appearance in the Top 5 was "Full Stack", proving that the term is still alive and well. Rounding out the top 5 was node.js, its first Top 5 finish since May.
For most months, this post examines technologies across the sprectrum of software development, from languages to frameworks to products. And, that data is all still here for you to examine as well. But, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the state of Programming Languages specifically as their trends can often be obscured in the overall analysis.
These charts show what's popular and trending in programming languages, frameworks and technologies used to develop modern software applications as indicated by Hacker News activity. Using the HN Search API and a dictionary of software terms, all of the the comments (job postings) in the "whoishiring" submissions from April 2011 to the latest month were processed to count the number of times each software term was mentioned.
Check out ScoutZen to track and analyze communities on Twitter.