Interesting Developer insights from Stackoverflow 2018 survey

Not sure if you saw it, Stackoverflow has released its annual developer survey result. This year, over 100,000 developers participated in the Stackoverflow survey and told Stackoverflow how they learn, build their careers, which tools they’re using, and what they want in a job.

There are some interesting results also some tragic results when I say tragic I mean that development still is a very man dominated area.

For the last eight years, Stackoverflow has asked the developer community about everything from their favorite technologies to their job preferences. This year’s survey marks the largest participant numbers, over 100,000 developers took the survey.

In the current years’ survey, Stackoverflow covered a few new topics ranging from artificial intelligence to ethics in coding. Here are a few of the key takeaways from the Stackoverflow survey results:

  • Each month, about 50 million people visit Stack Overflow to learn, share.
  • Almost 60% of respondents identify as back-end developers, and about 20% consider themselves mobile developers.
  • 80% of our respondents say that the code as a hobby.
  • One-fourth of developers have not completed a degree.
  • Life long learners, almost 90% of all developers say they have taught themselves a new language, framework, or tool.
  • 90% of StackOverflow respondents are male.
  • DevOps and machine learning are key trends.
  • Developers are overall optimistic about the possibilities that artificial intelligence offers but are not in agreement about what the dangers of AI are.
  • Python has risen in the ranks of programming languages, surpassing C# in popularity this year.

StackOverflow claims that they will release the survey results data under the Open Database License (ODbL). That is great news, I see a Google BigQuery project ahead of me.

If you want the full details of the report you can find it here – Survey 2018.


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