Rust, Python, Go Among Most Valued Languages in Developer Survey


28 Mar , 2017  

Stack Overflow has released results of its 2017 Developer Survey, and they paint an interesting picture of stack overflow developer surveythe languages developers love and abhor.

Developers are crushing on Mozilla’s Rust, which earned top honors as the most-loved programming language among the 64,000 coders worldwide who answered the annual survey by Stack Overflow, a social network and job board. Respondents also enthusiastically embraced Python, calling it the language they most wanted to work with in the coming year.

Want to earn big bucks as a developer? Learn Google’s Go or Scala. The two topped the list of best-compensated programming languages in the United States, with experts earning an average of $110,000 a year. Worldwide, developers skilled in Clojure—a Lisp dialect—earned the most, averaging out at $72,000 per year. Dev ops specialist and machine learning specialist were the most lucrative specialties.

JavaScript continues to be the most widely-used language, followed by SQL and Java. As for languages developers would rather not be using, more than 88 percent said they “dread” working with Visual Basic 6, followed by VBA and CoffeeScript.

While the overwhelming majority of developers said they were highly satisfied with the career paths, most also felt they were underpaid.… Read more

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Choose Your Own Visual Studio Adventure

Paul Ballard

21 Jun , 2016  

Microsoft is expanding its Visual Studio installation options, making it even easier for developers to quickly install just the features they need.

The company already previewed a new ‘light install’ option as part of Visual Studio 15, the latest version of the IDE that’s rumored to be shipping later this year. The new installer shaves 30 percent off the wait time at first launch, with the smallest version taking up about 300 MB of space.

Now Microsoft is working on a menu of 17 possible setup options, depending on what you want to build. Just interested in installing C++ for desktop development? Great, there’s an option for that.

The idea is that the current standard VS installer would eventually be replaced with a new customizable menu, and Microsoft wants feedback on which options should be added before releasing another preview sometime this summer.

Below is the list of ‘workloads’ Microsoft is considering supporting with custom install experiences. Click here to share your opinion in a short survey.

  1. Universal Windows Platform development
  2. Web development (incl. ASP.NET, TypeScript, Azure tooling)
  3. Windows desktop app development with C++
  4. Cross-platform mobile development with .NET (incl. Xamarin)
  5. .NET desktop application development
  6. Linux and IoT development with C++
  7. Cross-platform mobile development with Cordova
  8. Mobile app development with C++ (incl.
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Share Your Expertise, Win Prizes With VisionMobile’s Developer Economics Survey

Paul Ballard

23 May , 2016  

VisionMobile is currently running its 11th Developer Economics survey, and devs who sign up to participate can win prizes including Microsoft Surface 3s, Windows IoT dev kits and more.

The survey is a snapshot of what developers worldwide are up to—which tools we’re using, which programming languages we prefer, which app categories are hot right now. VisionMobile, a research company that specializes in the app market, will compile the results in a ‘State of the Developer Nation’ report to be released in July.

Besides being entered in prize drawings, survey respondents get immediate access to a scorecard comparing their responses to those of other developers in their country.

The previous report, released in March, offered some interesting insights:

  • While the total number of developers worldwide is rising, the average experience level is falling.
  • The majority of developers surveyed were working in at least two of four major sectors: Mobile, Desktop, Cloud and IoT.
  • Use of Objective C has plummeted with the rise of Swift and cross-platform tools.
  • JavaScript and its derivatives were the language of choice for 12 percent of mobile developers; Microsoft’s C# held steady at 40% of mobile developers but was gaining ground in the cloud.

With the rapid speed of change in our industry, it’s anyone’s guess what we’ll learn from this edition.… Read more

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