A new report suggests there has been a meteoric rise in the number of active software developers (opens in new tab) worldwide, with the figure currently standing at around 24.3 million.
The insight is presented in the 20th edition of the State of the Developer Nation report and collates data from a SlashData survey conducted between November 2020 and February 2021, involving more than 19,000 developers in 155 countries.
SlashData’s estimate of the number of developers in the world is a fourteen percent increase from October 2020, when the number stood at around 21.3 million.
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By extrapolating the survey data, collected every six months, the report brings out several interesting trends in terms of the choice of programming languages (opens in new tab).
Next up is Python (opens in new tab) with just over 10 million users, followed by Java with 9.4 million, and C/C++ with 7.3 million.
The report notes that Python added 1.6 million new developers in the past year, recording a growth rate of 20%. It attributes Python’s popularity to its use in machine learning (opens in new tab) and data sciences.
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Via The Register (opens in new tab)