Go has earned companies’ trust: More developers use it at work now, survey shows
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It’s that time of year again — the results of the Go 2017 user survey are here. What’s so special about this year’s results? The number of people who program in Go at work has grown considerably, which might be an indication that it is no longer just a ‘free time’ programming language.
What a difference a year makes! Last year, Go was more of a “free time” programming language and now it is slowly gaining companies’ trust — well, enough to push the numbers (of people who use it at work) up.
For the first time, the number of survey respondents who say they are paid to write Go is higher than the number of people who say they program in it outside of work. According to the survey results, “this indicates a significant shift in Go’s user base and in its acceptance by companies for professional software development.”
Go: One of the fastest-growing skills, according to Upwork
There might be another explanation as to why more people are programming in Go at work. Upwork, the largest global freelancing website, recently released its newest quarterly index of the hottest skills in the U.S. freelance job market and Go is in Top 5.
We talked with Shoshana Deutschkron, VP of Communications & Brand for Upwork about Go’s growth and found that this young language “saw increasing growth throughout 2017, and that accelerated even more in Q4.”
Freelancers — who are twice as likely to proactively pursue a skills-related education than non-freelancers, according to Freelancing in America — are becoming experts in [Go]. HackerRank identified Go as one of the languages developers are planning to learn next in its new 2018 Developer Skills Report, and Stack Overflow also named it one of its fastest-growing programming languages.
— Shoshana Deutschkron, Upwork
Shoshana also said “Go is seen as simple and increasingly being used to create smart contracts in building blockchain, which may have played a role in its recent demand surge.” This is one was to explain its growth!
“Go is getting a lot of traction on DevOps teams”
However, Go’s affiliation with blockchain is not the only reason why this young language is gaining momentum. According to Alvaro Oliveira, VP of Talent Operations at Toptal, Go is getting a lot of traction on DevOps teams.
— Alvaro Oliveira, Toptal
Read the entire interview here.
Go 2017 survey highlights
Another highlight of this year’s survey is the fact that the No.1 use of Go right now is writing API/RPC services. Last year, the No.1 spot was occupied by writing CLI tools in Go. As more companies adopt this language, the Go team expects both uses to continue to grow.
The findings also show that Go programmers still prefer Go and “as more time passes, Go users are deepening their experience in Go.”