StackOverflow’s 2018 Developer Survey Results are in!

I always like to see what the participants are compared to previous years and see how the market is changing. This is usually a fairly good indicator of the market and demand. Let’s start of with the number of participants. Last year, this is a quote from the 2017 Survey, “This year represents the largest group of respondents in our history: 64,000 developers took our annual survey in January.”(link) Well, the good news is they almost doubled that this year with an astonishing 100,000 participants in the 30 minute survey!

Let’s start with developer types. This year the Full-Stack Developer took a “back seat” to the Back-end developer by a whopping 15% difference from 2017. Full-Stack developers went from 63.7% Surveyed in 2017 to only 48.2% this year. It could be that full-stack developers were just too busy to take the survey. The median number of developer type identifications per respondent is 2, and the most common pairs are combinations of back-end, front-end, and full-stack developer. (link)

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Another area I like to look at is what are the most popular programming languages used in the current market. This not only tells you where the market is but what languages companies are choosing to make their money with. It is clear that JavaScript is ruling the roost but Java continues to be an in demand language followed closely by C#. I am a little surprised to see Swift actually fell off the list of the top 12 – I think Swift is a brilliant language but it’s just not getting the up take. With technologies like React and Angular I can see why… they are just easier and getting more powerful each year.

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Node.js continued to dominate the frameworks and libraries section of the survey with Angular dropping an almost 8% from 2017 while its primary competitor React gained almost 8% in 2018.

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With the continued popularity of the “full stack developer” it is no surprise to see Linux take the top spot in 2018 Platforms section, displacing Windows by almost 13%. While Windows dropped only 6% from the previous year Linux gained over 16% from 2017.

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There are plenty of other interesting categories you should consider looking at. Even though they got rid of a few sections like “Diversity” and “Remote Work”, there are some pretty interesting comparisons.

Check them out here.



New Final Cut Pro and Apple Motion 5 Category!

I have been doing a lot in Final Cut Pro and Motion 5 recently so I figured I would make a new blog category to share my experiences and the resources I use on the internet. Let’s start by promoting a really good Motion 5 user Simon Ubsdell from Tokyo Productions. I recently came across Simon’s videos and they are excellent!  Check out this one where he makes fire in a building.

Docker with Eclipse Che – this is awesome!

Haven’t heard of Eclipse Che? Then you need to check it out. Eclipse Che is a developer workspace server and cloud IDE built for teams and workgroups. Che has changed the way the workspace is architected. Each workspace is isolated from one another and is responsible for managing the lifecycle of the components that are contained within it.

Che has three types of users:

  • Developers. Che can be installed and used as a local IDE for any kind of programming language or framework, such as Java and JavaScript.
  • Product Owners. Che provides APIs hosted within its workspace server to manage environments, workspaces, projects, templates, stacks, and intellisense for developer activities such as editing, syntax analysis, compiling, packaging, and debugging.
  • Plug-in Providers. Che provides a SDK to create and package plug-ins that modify the browser IDE, workspaces, or the Che server.

More to come on this…

Make sure you follow them on Twitter to get the latest updates: @eclipse_che



New Casual Larry play list on YouTube

Larry seems to be more popular than the actually code videos here so I figured I would let you in a little deeper into life with an African Grey parrot. Larry pretty much does what he wants and I am often finding him in all kinds of places throughout the house – especially when he decides to fly around.

This would be a good play list to subscribe to if you like seeing Larry naturally adhoc in front of the camera.

Larry left work early today…

Most people know Larry sits in my office with me all day long. I saw him climbing down from his perch and walking around the base chewing up the paper towels and then it went silent…

Apparently he climbed down and decided to walk back to his cage in the hall.

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