I think it's safe to say that the World experienced unprecedented change this year with the Covid-19 Pandemic and the response to it. But, even with a shift to remote work, and a strong software job market, the tools and technologies that Software Developers used in 2020 remained very similar to the tools used in prior years. Looking at the job postings from Hacker News, this data reveals very little change from what was found in 2019.
With the midway point of 2020 fast approaching, and the world in the midst of perhaps the largest shift in employment in my lifetime, it seems like an appropriate time time to take a peek at how software job trends are looking through the lens of Ask HN: Who is hiring?, a regular, monthly collection of software development job postings. The summary posts on hntrends.com usually focus on specific technologies that are gaining or losing adoption, but first let's look at how Covid-19 is affecting this specific job board.
Just as it did last year, React completed the full calendar 2019 as the top tech in Ask HN: Who is hiring? extending its win streak to 31 months. React has been trending down in recent months and December marks its lowest share of the year, at just over 25% of postings. But, the runner up, Python, still has a long way to go to catch up.
Fall hiring season was in full swing in October's "Ask HN: Who is hiring?" thread with the usual technologies in demand. React ran away with the top spot again, showing no sign of weakness as it beat Python by 8 percentage points and won for the 29th month in a row.
While React won again, its 27th month in a row, TypeScript looks like August's top story, as it cracks the Top 10 for the first time. TypeScript reached the Top 20 last September and continued to climb over the past twelve months. TypeScript appears to have gotten swept up in React's ecosystem as developers use TypeScript to create React apps. TypeScript is even the 3rd most popular programming language overall now, jumping over the Go Programming Languge.
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.
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