Aug 30, 2021
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How can the tech stack of IT companies change in 2021? We asked developers and analysts from American companies to predict changes.
Aviram K, Founder of Woof & Beyond
The open-source community and libraries using those two languages seem to be growing exponentially over the past couple of years and don’t seem to be slowing down.
Python is another runner-up which has many of the pros the web-based languages have. Also, most of the AI work is based entirely on Python and it is a rapidly growing field. This gives Python a competitive edge that won’t die down anytime soon.
Gordie Hanrahan, Karat
Python overtook Java as the technical interview language of choice in 2020. Karat has conducted over 75,000 technical interviews on behalf of organizations hiring software engineers, and in 2020 we saw Python overtake Java as our top interview language of choice for candidates.
Python tends to be a preferred language for AI/ML-focused and cloud-native programmers compared to Java which is used more in legacy businesses. This is significant, and as companies continue to undergo digital transformation and cloud initiatives.
This has been especially true this year as the shift to remote work has accelerated the trend, and we expect to conduct even more technical interviews with those new roles and skillsets in mind in the year ahead.
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Calvin Brown, Kairu Consulting Atlanta
Tech stacks are changing as more companies migrate to the cloud. Cloud providers such as AWS only support Java, C#, Python, and Node. These are more popular and robust languages. Could the pandemic affect the popularity of programming languages? Yes. Languages that have associated costs suffer during slower economic times. I’ve been in the industry for 24 years and I see the job req changes during economic downturns. Easier to learn languages that allow entry into IT to see a big boost during the pandemic. We’re getting more and more requests for front-end only languages. This is an indication that companies are accepting less technical backgrounds. More structured languages require specialization usually (e.g. web, apps, etc.)
Learning a language is a skill that you have to acquire. Most developers and particularly consultants don’t change languages due to slower times. The amount of jobs available allows everyone to find their lane.
Juan Sarmiento, Artify
Following the trend from 2020, for programming, 2021 will be a year dominated by stacks where languages suited for Data Analytics & Machine Learning feature prominently; languages such as Python will have a higher priority as these languages allow coders to work on data analysis, artificial intelligence technologies, machine learning, etc., which are the pillars of the current research frontiers.
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