Which programming languages have the strongest communities and the most active programmers? How many devs are implementing DevOps strategies? What frameworks are mobile programmers using? Let’s take a dip into the data and see what 17,000 developers from 155 countries revealed in SlashData’s report, Developer Economics: State of the Developer Nation 17th Edition.
Developer analyst and research company SlashData conducted a survey, asking 17,000 developers about their experiences, platforms, ecosystems, and programming languages. The data was compiled in a free-to-download report: Developer Economics: State of the Developer Nation 17th Edition. Reaching an international audience, the survey was translated into eight languages and received data from 155 countries.
Keep one finger on the pulse of the global programming community. Here are some key insights gleaned from the report.
Tracking the active use of programming languages can reveal differing answers depending on the methodology used. For instance, the TIOBE Index claims Java is the number one language.
Kotlin may not be in the top five most actively used programming languages, however, it is quickly growing. In one year, JetBrain’s Kotlin went from 11th place to 8th place in the SlashData report. Currently, the report estimates that 1.9 million developers (or 1 in 10) use Kotlin.
This growth may reflect the fact that Kotlin is a first-class language for Android. Many Android devs are turning from Java to Kotlin for app development.