Python tops the programming love list, but for jobs, learn SQL • The Register
Once again, Python tops the IEEE’s annual survey of popular programming languages - apparently decided by a bag of metrics – while SQL appears to be a crucial skill.
In 2021, IEEE Spectrum allowed users to apply their own weights to the report to see different results, but decided not to include such functionality this year. Spectrum said it made this choice because few people use it and the “giant floating-point math ball” in browsers messed up the numbers.
SQL the not sexy star
According to last year’s list, SQL was ranked 10th: so why the sudden jump to the top of desirable skills?
After reviewing hundreds of job postings during the compilation of the list, said Stephen Cass, IEEE Special Projects Editor and author of the report, “I can say that the strength of the SQL signal is not because many employers are only looking for SQL coders… They want a given language plus SQL.”
Cass described modern applications as often consisting of a front-end and middle layer communicating with a database “often over a network to eliminate local resource constraints”. With a variety of SQL implementations available, Cass said, “chances are there’s already one that fits your use case.”