O’Reilly editor Sarah Milstein writes: “My brother, a Python geek who attended PyCon last week, reports that it was hiring fest: ‘at PyCon: *everyone* was hiring. I was asked if I would be interested in moving to 2-3 cities for a job, just in casual conversation. Half the lightning talks ended (or started) with “We’re hiring”. Which was pretty deeply reassuring.'”
This information is consistent with our analysis of the online book and job markets. Ruby has more momentum among startups, but Python is also a hot startup language, and is becoming one of the officially sanctioned licenses at many larger companies. For example, it is one of the three “official” languages at Google (C++, Java, and Python).