Before recession a commercial tool was popular in the country, hence, uncertainty around tools and technology was not much; however, after recession, incertitude (i.e. uncertainty) around tools and technology have pre-occupied and occupying data science learning, delivery and deployment.
When python was continuing as general programming language, Rwas the left out best choice (became more popular with the advent of an IDE i.e. RStudio) and author still see its popularity among non-programming background (i.e. other than computer scientists) data scientists. Yet, author notices in local meet ups, panel discussions, webinars, still, a clarity on which is better from aspirants towards the data sicence as a everyday interest as shown in below image.