While the Indeed.com job trends chart that Matt used is somewhat misleading, the chart isn't central to his point. I say "somewhat misleading" because the chart tracks percentage growth of jobs seeking Java, PHP, Perl, .Net, and Python skills. It's not surprising to see languages with little enterprise penetration growing faster than languages, or platforms in the case of .Net, that are virtually de facto standards for non-legacy applications. The "absolute" version of the Indeed.com job trend chart is more reflective of the market demand for Java, PHP, Perl, .Net, and Python skills.
In any case, Matt's concludes:
No, Java and .Net aren't going away anytime soon. But then, neither are the dynamic programming languages, which are increasingly blessed "enterprise ready."
I completely agree. Forrester's Jeffrey Hammond's research supports the growing enterprise interest in dynamic scripting languages:
The implications? As the development staff at a shop turns over, the new generation will push to adopt these dynamic languages. IT managers must ensure that processes and application life-cycle management tools can handle the changes that these new languages bring to the development shop.
Hammond's research also found that developers are increasingly comfortable working on multiple programming languages. Hammond writes: