React: The skill employers want vs. the skill developers [don’t] have
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HackerRank’s 2018 Developer Skills Report is packed with goodies: it points out the most in-demand skills and qualifications, the most used languages and frameworks and other interesting things. Did you know that 1 in 4 developers started coding before they could drive? Neither did I.
The situation is not that bad with AngularJS and Node.js but suffice it to say that there are more employers who need these skills than developers who can offer them. The bottom line is that React (as well as AngularJS and Node.js) is a marketable skill so if you’re not sure what to learn this year, you might want to give it a try.
Python wins big
Speaking of skills you should acquire/develop this year, this report sheds some light on the languages that developers are interested in this year. Go, Python, Scala, Kotlin, Ruby and R ranked the highest. Although Go is the clear winner, there’s something interesting about this language: Developers aged 18-24 don’t care for it, but 45-54 year-olds consider it one of their most loved languages. A new trend might be on the rise:
There is an unusual generational trend among newer languages: Younger developers dislike newer languages (like Go, Kotlin, and Scala) more so than older developers.
A total of 39,441 professional and student developers completed HackerRank’s online survey. The aim of the study was to identify trends in developer education, skills and hiring practices.