Web Designer takes a closer look at the latest Stack  

Overflow developer survey


To get a closer look at the industry, surveys and reports provide invaluable information.And, the more participants involved, the more accurate and representative any results will be.Stack Overflow, the well-known and well-established question and answer site for professional and enthusiast programmers, has just released its annual developer survey for 2017. This is no flimsy hair product survey where 250 people take part; the Stack Overflow developer survey encompasses over 64,000 developers who reveal how they learn, which tools they’re using, and what they want.

The purpose of the survey is to share the results to improve developers’ lives. As they say themselves, “We want to
empower developers by providing them with rich information about themselves, their industry and their peers. And we want to use this information to educate employers about who developers are and what they need.”
So what does the survey reveal? A few key bullet points from the survey summary includes the following: Among professional developers, 11.3% got their first coding jobs within a year of first learning how to program. A further
36.9% learned to program between one and four years before beginning their careers as developers.

The survey also revealed that only 13.1% of developers are actively looking for a job, but 75.2% of developers are interested in hearing about new job opportunities. When respondents were asked what they valued most when considering a new job, 53.3% said remote options were a top priority. A majority of developers, 63.9%, reported working remotely at least one day a month, and 11.1% say they’re full-time remote or almost all the time.

As you can see, some interesting points are revealed in just this small snippet of information. But, the report has far more detail to reveal. The survey is split into five main sections: Developer Profile, Technology, Work, Community, and Methodology. Inside each section, there is a host of subsections, typically with a graph for quick and easy information absorption.

A closer look at the Developer Profile section reveals that over 72% of respondents identified themselves as web
developers, while the next two spots were taken by desktop applications developers with nearly 29% and mobile developers with 23%. We know this doesn’t add up to 100%; this is because respondents saw themselves as fulfilling more than just one role. But, getting back into a little more granular detail, the developer types are split
into three with full-stack developer being the big winner at just over 63%. Back-end developer was next with just over 24% and front-end web developer with nearly 12%. This does add up to 100%

. A more precise indicator of what is happening in the world of web development lies in the Years Coding Professionally section. The majority of developers sit in the five years or less with over 50% showing how popular the profession has become in recent years. But, it not just a young person’s game with 7.5% of respondents having over 20 years of experience. What were they using to program/develop back in the Nineties?
COBOL, dBase, Delphi or maybe the very first incarnation of JavaScript. And, as you might expect, according to the survey over 88% of developers were male.


So what are the technologies that are keeping web developers on their toes? For the fifth year in a row, it was JavaScript. Congratulations JS. On the frameworks and libraries front, it was Node.js and Anguler.js that claimed over 90% between them Interestingly


, JavaScript wasn’t the most loved, only coming in 11th behind Rest, Swift, Python, and TypeScript among
others, while React was out on top when it came to libraries and frameworks. The survey covers far too much
than we can reveal in this article.

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