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Demand for programmers with Scala expertise continues to grow, according to job postings on Indeed.com. But things aren’t that simple. If you cut the data other ways, you can pretty much see what you want to see.

The demand for Scala programmers continues to grow.  Indeed.com’s job post charts show the number of Scala job openings posted growing faster even than Ruby job postings late last year.

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Of course, as a commenter on a Hacker News item, pointed out, numbers can be sliced and diced many ways. If you look at Indeed.com’s chart showing “absolute” number of job postings, it’s clear that demand for Java skills reigns supreme still.

“The fastest growing languages also happen to be the languages with the least jobs,” wrote commenter Zandana. “I imagine Scala’s growth will tail off a long time before it can compete in [the] sheer number of jobs with JavaScript or Java.”

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There’s little doubt that the use of Scala, the brainchild of Martin Odersky, is on the rise. Twitter and LinkedIn are big Scala users. One advantage is it enables Java programmers — and there are millions of them — to keep using familiar libraries and develop web-scale applications.

But then again, these charts only show what parameters are put in. If you add Objective-C to the mix, as another Hacker News commenter pointed out, you get still another view of what’s going on.

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  1. So…. what is the conclusion of this? Write your server applications in Objective-C? :-E

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  2. The last chart is pretty compelling, as I assume the baseline for Obj-C was a lot higher than Scala. Shows the Mac/iOS platform is still going pretty strong right now.

    [self didPerformVictoryDance]

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  3. It is also interesting if you add node.js into the mix.

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  4. This is great if you are looking for the lastest/greatest niche job.

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  5. Interesting to see the increase when comparing scala to ruby and obj-c. It will be interesting to see what the last graph looks like in a year.

    As a side note, Workday in the Bay Area is hiring Java/Scala developers: http://bit.ly/wdengjobs

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