All the interesting highlights

Ionic 2018 Developer Survey: Angular is crowned king of the JavaScript universe

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
© Shutterstock / sundaemorning  

Today, we’re taking the pulse of the JavaScript and web development universe, and the huge trend that is progressive web apps. Let’s have a closer look at all the interesting highlights of the 2018 Ionic Developer Survey.

The 2018 Ionic Developer Survey brings some interesting insight into the JavaScript and web app developer community.

The survey features the responses of more than 10.000 and reaffirms the generally-accepted notion that JavaScript is among the most commonly used programming languages in the world.

Without further ado, let’s have a closer look at some of the most interesting highlights.

The tools

As mentioned before, the survey crowns JavaScript as the most popular language in web development. However, it does put the emphasis on the framework fatigue the JS community experienced in the mid-2010s with many developers feeling that it was impossible to keep up with the constant barrage of new frameworks, techniques, and ideas.

Nonetheless, the report finds that in 2018 things have pretty much settled down with the emerging of three main competitors, Angular, React, and Vue.

Of those three competitors, Angular is, by far, the most popular JS framework with 86% of the respondents reporting they have used it extensively for the past year.

Moving on to the most used database technologies, MySQL is in the lead with 59% of the respondents reporting having used it extensively over the past year.

The PWA universe

Time to touch upon the huge trend that is progressive web apps. In a poll we had a couple of months ago, 46% of the respondents reported that PWAs are definitely the future. The results of the 2018 Ionic Developer Survey present a more balanced picture with 39% of the participants reporting not having published a PWA during the past year, 31% responding positively and another 30% stating that they haven’t published any PWAs yet but they plan to publish within 2019.

When asked whether they are updating an existing app or they build a new application, the vast majority of the respondents (72%) reported that they are building a brand new app.

Last but not least, as for the primary motivation for building PWAs, the participants rank cross-platform as the number main driver of the decision to prefer PWAs over native apps.

Are you interested in PWAs but you don’t know where to start? Check out our pros and cons article as well as the poll results on the ‘native vs. PWA vs. hybrid’ debate:

As I have discussed in an earlier article, React Native is a steadily growing trend for building native mobile and currently has 69,469 stars on Github. What’s more, it is considered among the top freelance skills to have, according to the Upwork Skills Index.

However, when looking at the bigger picture, what is the state of native apps in general? Lately, I have seen a lot of debate going on about the best technology for developing your app with some arguing that Progressive Web Apps is going to be the future of app development.

I thought it was about time we had this discussion as well.

The trend of progressive web apps (PWAs) is gaining momentum with some experts even predicting that PWAs will replace native mobile apps.

But why is this the case? Why is one of the most established mobile technologies being debated so much lately? Let’s have a quick overview of the pros and cons for both PWAs and native apps.

See the full article here.

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou was the editor for Coming from an academic background in East Asian Studies, she decided that it was time to go back to her high-school hobby that was computer science and she dived into the development world. Other hobbies include esports and League of Legends, although she never managed to escape elo hell (yet), and she is a guest writer/analyst for competitive LoL at TGH.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments