I usually get a feel for "what's hot" in the marketplace by the number of books on the shelves at my favorite bookstore. A couple years ago there was six shelves at my Borders store filled with books on Oracle. Oracle for Dummies, PL/SQL, and scores of Certification books. I was quite surprised to find only three books on Oracle at the same store this past weekend.
MySQL still has some respect with about a 1/2 shelf. .Net clocked in with about 5 or 6 shelves with a smattering here and there of Java and the associated technologies. Good old Perl shared half a shelf with PHP. But I feel left behind because I don't know Excel Macros (about 12 shelves).
Maybe Oracle has really achieved a self-tuning, self-managing database and we don't need books anymore.
Please excuse me while I apply four more patches to my "up-to-date" 10.2.0.3 installation.