RIA jobs market trends: Microsoft Silverlight vs Adobe Flex vs JavaFX
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Several days ago I’ve received message with link to the InsideRIA. Mike Slinn of the InsideRIA has posted interesting article about job trends regarding Silverlight, Flex and JavaFX. If you go to the Indeed webpage and search for these keywords, you might be surprised. Here are some really interesting facts.
I don’t know how familiar you are with the Indeed.com web page – basically over there you can search and look at jobs market trends. You enter different keywords and you get the chart depicting the job trends for some time period.
I was inspired by the Mike Slinn’s experiment and I have extended it a bit and I’ve compared trends for Adobe Flex, Silverlight and JavaFX jobs on Indeed.com and on Google Trends.
And here are the results:
You can go by yourself and try with: http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends?q=%22adobe+flex%22%2C+silverlight%2C+javafx or even further modify your search.
And for Google Trends…
Be aware that I’m not sure what is the coverage in terms of geographic area being included, what is the total number of the analyzed elements, but still there are some clear indications that are easily visible on the upper charts.
JavaFX is still there. I can recall myself saying that JavaFX will not be huge success bit it will thrive for some time. I don’t know much about JavaFX, I’ve used Java extensively before during my high school and later at the University when I was developing interesting simulations and animations for physics modelling, but have not been playing with JavaFX.
Flex is doing really well though it seems that the growth rate is lower when compared to the Silverlight. Are you surprised? You should not be. Though lot of people have been projecting that Silveright will fail miserably and that Microsoft has nothing to do in the RIA area, strong campaigns and truly solid product (especially new Silverlight 3 with interesting and modern features) have, obviously, been accepted pretty well within the industry.
Two years ago I’ve said that there is enough space for JavaFX, Silverlight and Flex. Today – I’m not really sure about the Java FX but I’m more than certain that Silverlight is here to stay.
I’m getting number of e-mail messages from people looking for Silverlight consulting expertise, help and support. And I’m absolutely delighted about that for some obvious and then again for some not so obvious reasons. I’m sure that guys involved with Flex are having also great time and nice project pipeline as well. What’s up with JavaFX? Anyone here using it? What are you experiences and what do you think about these current trends?
Also, you might want to take a look at one of the most read posts on this blog about Silverlight market share / penetration where even Microsoft’s own Product Manager has responded in comments.
At the end I might conclude by citing the Mike: “It’s a war out there!”