Overview of GitHub State of the Octoverse 2018

Join the Octoverse-fest: JavaScript and Java steady as they go

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
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It’s this time of the year again! The State of Octoverse 2018 report is here and it’s rich with data on the usage of our favorite programming languages and technologies. Let’s take a closer look!

GitHub is back for another Octoverse-fest! The State of the Octoverse 2018 report is live and it’s stuffed with interesting data on the state of the most popular programming languages and technologies.

To give you some quick introductory numbers, GitHub is the home for 31M+ developers, 96M+ repositories, and  200M+ pull requests!

But enough chit-chat! Let’s dive into the most interesting highlights!

Steady as we go

The top highlight of the State of the Octoverse 2018 report can be no other than the top programming languages!

As you can see in the figure above, JavaScript holds on to the first place, while Java stays steady in the second place. Now, we can see some general movement among the top 10 languages but two changes really caught my eye.

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TypeScript jumps to the 7th place while Ruby dives hard all the way from 5th to 10th place.

Another interesting aspect highlighted by the report is the list of the fastest growing languages.

Kotlin may not be in the top 10 used languages but it is the number one fastest growing language, followed by HCL and TypeScript for the top 3.

The projects of your heart

Moving on to the most popular projects hosted by GitHub, the report presents the top open source projects for 2018:

We have discussed before that React Native is steadily growing over the years and becomes quite a trend and the State of Octoverse 2018 confirms that! Not only React Native is the second most popular open source project on GitHub, but it is also the number one tag used!

Interesting fact: PyTorch is the second fastest growing topic and the second fastest growing open source project

For the full report and tons of more interesting insights, head over to the official Octoverse 2018 report.


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.

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