Ruby, PHP, ASP.NET Job Comparison

I don’t do RoR….yet, I hear the good things about it so I’m really close into diving into it.  Before I do I want to make sure RoR is going to be something I can use professionally too.  Here is a 30 minute research into the jobs out there for RoR compared to Asp.Net & PHP. I searched for the phrases “Ruby on Rails”, “PHP”, “ASP.NET” and radius of 100 miles from the zip code. There is no doubt some overlap of job posting but this is pretty clear indication of where things are.

8/25/2008

Where I live – Cincinnati Ohio, Midwest

Site Zip RoR PHP ASP.NET
Monster.com 45102 4 35 114
Career Builder 45102 1 36 89
Hot Jobs 45102 1 12 7
Total 6 83 210

 

Second up New York City, East Coast

Site Zip RoR PHP ASP.NET
Monster.com 10270 29 357 621
Career Builder 10270 8 184 356
Hot Jobs 10270 18 176 180
Total 55 717 1157

 

And now for the West Coast – San Francisco

Site Zip RoR PHP ASP.NET
Monster.com 94130 23 216 135
Career Builder 94130 17 123 67
Hot Jobs 94130 31 521 107
Total 71 860 309

 

So for me ASP.NET makes the most sense by far (almost 4x that of PHP).  A surprise to me is on the West Coast, were it looks like ASP.NET is much smaller then else where.  It seems that Ruby on Rails is very much in the incubator stage still, I guess I’m not turning on RoR anytime soon after all.


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  2. Two important issues missed here…

    Business = Money. ASP.NET has that sown up for most business related projects, so thats why you see those trends. So, always follow C# and ASP.NET. Thats where the work is and the moneyt most parts of the US and really the world. The “open source systems” like PHP and Rubies are for the masses to play with, and for larger venture-funded technocrats who are building the next generation of Twitters and mass-marketed online applications. There is money in PHP, for that reason, too, but its not as aligned with the larger concerns surrounding business ventures online, where security, efficiency, dosumentation, vendor support, and integration are key. Thats where Microsoft comes in and they do a pretty darn good job with the.NET framework. Its here to stay and despite offshoring trends, the demand exceeds the the supply of quality experienced innovative US Software .NET engineers, thus the job numbers you see in the US.

    Second, I actually think PHP is a better “language” for the Web and because its a part of the open source community, like JAVA, is better suited to the Web World. Some very subtle reasons for that, but its true. I am learning PHP now, though I dont plan to work as a developer using PHP. I think if PHP didnt come from that open source world it lives in, and had the vendor support, consistency, integration, and especially support and documentation that .NET has, you would see it take share away from ASP.NET. But thats its downfall, and why we have this market for it.

    So, like many of you, I follow the money trail, and that leads me to the power and speed and elegance of C# on a Windows server. Businesses love and use and its where the salaries will stay for many years to come.

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