Preliminary results

JAXenter survey: These are the most popular programming languages of 2018

Dominik Mohilo
UI technology

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Our annual JAXenter survey will come to an end soon! We asked our readers what technologies they want to use this year and they have been diligently answering the questions we have prepared for them. There is still time to influence the outcome of our survey!

The JAXenter survey regarding your personal choices for the best technology trends of 2018 debuted on January 30, but there’s still time to influence this year’s trends!

Let us know which topics you would like to delve into this year!

Preliminary results: Most popular programming languages

One of the highlights of the JAXenter annual survey is, of course, the list of the most popular programming languages — a.k.a. the languages readers want to give a try (or dive deeper into) this year.

We were not really surprised by readers’ great interest in Java 6, 7 and 8. 42 percent of the respondents consider the older versions of the language  “interesting”. The unexpected twist is that 62 percent want to focus more on Java 9 in 2018 and only one in five respondents find Java 9 uninteresting. The upcoming versions (Java 10 & 11) will also play an important role for about one-third of the participants this year.

Even with the popularity of Java, there are two other languages that impressed readers — enough to give them a try, at least: Kotlin and Go. At least 43 percent of the respondents find Kotlin interesting, and 30 percent of want to focus more on Go.

The TypeScript and JavaScript (ECMAScript) duo has scored almost identical results. While 13.5 percent of the respondents think TypeScript is “very interesting”, 12.5 percent have given JavaScript (ECMAScript) the same rating —that’s “very interesting”. If we count the results for the “interesting” rating, the languages have a total value of 42.8 percent (TypeScript) and 41.9 percent (JavScript). Not bad!

Scala‘s popularity has been constantly growing ever since we started the annual surveys (two years ago). This year is no exception — so far,  almost 48 percent of the respondents would like to work with Scala this year.

We’ve talked about the winners, now it’s time to mention the losers. C/C++ and C# —at least so far— are not very popular among our respondents. The same goes for PHP, Swift, Groovy, Clojure and (J)Ruby.

SEE ALSO: JAXenter survey: These programming languages remain a focal point in 2017

Last chance to participate!

You still have a chance to influence the outcome of our annual survey.

If you want to have a say in the final results of the JAXenter survey about this year’s technology trends, vote now. Your opinion matters!

Dominik Mohilo
Dominik Mohilo studied German and sociology at the Frankfurt University, and works at S&S Media since 2015.

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