This will make you rethink the Programming Language of the year

Ain’t we all curious, which language is omnipresent in the industry? & Which one to learn next?

Stack overflow comes to the rescue with their developer surveys conducted this year with 65K respondents across 180 countries.

Most used languages in 2020

Languages v/s Users

Javascript, HTML & CSS is top as always due to web programming. SQL as leading query languages, Python the languages of ease followed by Java.

But hey, Does this data really reflect the industry?

Most used language by Professionals - 2020

Some of the respondents were students, part-time developers & programming enthusiasts. Some may have just started from college & haven’t established an industry mindset.

Let’s see, How does usage look in the case of full-time developers with more than 1 year into the job?

Languages v/s Developers

& In organizations with employees > 100

Interesting

Overall trends look similar except that the old school PHP is discouraged by professionals & Java holds the ground stronger in the core industry.

But what about the rest? Whose fortress is at risk?

Language Satisfaction

But what do professionals desire? Because, in long term, that’s gonna win especially when building a new product from scratch.

Let’s watch out, Which language do they wish to work with? Which one do they want to stop using?

Major declines - JavaScript, HTML/CSS, PHP, Java, Shell scripting, SQL

Major gains - Go, Kotlin, Rust, Python, TypeScript, Dart

Well, SQL is losing fan base, obviously to NoSQL. Python is rising as a scripting language, Rust as system one, Templating as HTML replacement but what about Java & JavaScript?

Current Java Users v/s wish to continue

~51% of Java developers don’t wish to continue with Java

~ 33% of Java developers would like to work with Kotlin

~28% of Java developers would like to work with Go

& The Queen - JavaScript

Current JavaScript Users v/s wish to continue

~37% of JavaScript developers don’t wish to continue with JavaScript

~ 46% of JavaScript developers would like to work with TypeScript

~ 8% of JavaScript developers would like to work with Dart

Future Trends

So which one is the programming language of the year?

You tell me. Should it be the one that is most used but has large declines or the one which is one of the most used but has popularity gains?

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