Developers survey across the world reveal their tools, language choices, and more
The survey was huge, with sections on 13 different programming languages, big data, databases, DevOps, developer demographics, microservices, collaborating tools, testing, and more.
This is the same as last year, though it should perhaps be combined with TypeScript, which has risen from 12 to 13 per cent. More notable perhaps is that Java has declined from 37 to 32 per cent, while PHP is up from 15 to 22 per cent.
All is not what it seems. The “State of the Developer Ecosystem” survey is annual, but the 2021 effort was the biggest yet, up from just under 20,000 respondents last year.
Language trends over 5 years, in answer to the question ‘what programming languages have you used in the last 12 months?’
Language losers? No big surprises. Scala was down from 5 to 3 per cent “used in the last 12 months.” Visual Basic was down from 5 to 4 per cent. Objective-C was down from 4 to 3 per cent. And even Swift, once the bright star of new languages, down from 9 to 7 per cent (though the expanded regions could be a factor there).