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What is the most beloved programming language and other trends by Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2019

The 9th year in row Stack Overflow, a popular question and answer site for programmers all over the world, has released its large and comprehensive annual survey. For 2019 report, Stack Overflow received responses from nearly 90,000 developers that took part the 20-minute questionnaire to share their opinions on a variety of subjects from their favorite technological stack to job satisfaction. In this post, we have a look at what is the most beloved programming language and other highlights of the developer profile.

Developers roles

According to the survey, over 50% consider themselves full-stack developers and 21,3% identify as mobile developers. There is top-5 widespread developers type:

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Among all respondents, there are a full 45% of professional developers that learned to code less than 10 years ago. Developers who have less than five years of professional coding experience are over 40% of all respondents and almost 27% of developers have from 5 to 9 years coding professionally. So, it’s never too late.

Overall, over half of the developers had written code by the time they were 16 years old, but experience varies by country and by gender.

Up to 60% of those who have the university level education reported they majored in computer science, computer engineering, or software engineering. Interesting that 86,8% of professional developers said that they taught themselves a new language, framework, or tool without taking a formal course. About 27% of respondents have participated in a hackathon.

When it comes to gender identity, there are over 92% of professional developers globally are men, 7,5% of respondents are women and 1,1% of respondents identified as non-binary, genderqueer or gender non-conforming.

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This year survey shows that women are equally as enthusiastic as men on the question of their love for technology. It also showed that women are represented in all parts of the tech field, from upper management to low-level code slinging.

Also, women have the highest percent of representation as front-end developers, designers, data scientists, data analysts, QA or test developers and scientists.

Python remains a popular

In 2019, the most commonly used programming language among developers for the seventh year in a row is JavaScript with 69,7%, when HTML/CSS and SQL were slightly behind with 63.1% and 56.5% respectively. At the same, time Python just edged out Java in the overall ranking.

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This year survey reveals that Python is the fastest-growing major programming language today.

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Among respondents of the 2019’s survey, Mozilla’s Rust was the most loved programming language for the fourth year in a row, followed close behind by Python, as the most wanted language for the third year in a row.

A high number of professionals rank VBA and Objective-C as the most dreaded languages and express no interest in using these technologies.

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According to the survey, most of the developers globally prefer to work with Visual Studio Code which was a top choice across the board. Android Studio and Xcode became a popular choice of developers who write code for mobile apps.

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There was an interesting data assessing showing that Ukrainians and respondents from China are the most optimistic compared to developers from Western Europe. 80,9% of Ukrainians, participated in Stack Overflow research, believe that today’s young people will have a better life than their parents did.

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To wrap up, if you would like to learn more details about the survey itself, you can read here.

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