Bangalore: With the markets soaring towards recovery, IT companies have started hiring again. A quick survey of the recruiting trends has revealed that amidst the hiring spree Java programmers are gaining the edge over .Net professionals. Though, this trend has been present in the market for quite some time, the cost-cutting factor has led companies to prefer Java programmers more. "Java is more in demand because it is open source, which is comparatively cheaper than using .Net, so companies have started adopting Java," says Anuj Agrawal, Director of Zyoin.
The flexibility that Java brings through its open source framework, has made it more popular. .NET in its complete form can only be installed on computers running a Microsoft Windows operating system, whereas Java can be installed on computers running any operating systems such as Linux, Solaris, Mac OS or Windows.
Rishi Das, Co-founder and CEO of CareerNet Consulting feels that the increase in the number of online startups is also fueling the demand for Java programmers. "Java is in demand because there are more companies developing user interface and web applications for their clients. The rise in popularity of software as a service (SAAS) model is also giving the edge to the Java professionals," he says. Das also adds that only major players like Dell, Sapient, Citrix and MindTree are hiring .Net professionals because they have been using the Microsoft platform for a long time now.
Though, the trend shows that Java programmers are gaining over their .Net counterparts, there are some who feel that there are verticals where .Net has its own advantage. "Though there is an equal demand for both Java and .Net programmers, our clients in verticals like BFSI and telecom still prefer .Net," says Namitha Vyas, Team Integrator at an IT recruitment firm.