Another Successful Developer Economics Survey came to an end!

Another Developer Economics Survey came to an end on the 13th of August. The Developer Economics Q2 2019 Survey ran from the 19th of June and once again it has been very exciting, fun and nerve racking! During this period, developers from all over the world, with various backgrounds had their voices heard. Here are some survey fast facts:

Bug fixes, fresh knowledge, kittens and beer: What devs want from Developer Economics

Developer Economics is the largest developer research program, engaging thousands of developers of all shapes and sizes across the globe. We are the analyst of the developer economy. Twice per year, during the Developer Economics Survey, developers from all over the world, from all areas of coding, have their say in crucial matters around the developer community and share their views to shape the future of coding. The mission of Developer Economics is to “Help the world understand developers and developers understand the world”.

Game On! AR vs VR

Two of the areas that we are often asked about by big businesses with skin in the game are Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). Part of my job is to brief top tier organisations on what the developer audience is focussed upon so the companies can make the best decisions. I don’t speculate -- I’m not brave enough for that. Instead, like every analyst at the company, I use our data to find trends and outliers in this emerging sector.

Choosing the right Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) - or not

The emergence of cloud native development and containers has redefined how software is developed. But not all organizations have the resources or expertise to set up the required infrastructure to support a containerized application. Luckily, cloud vendors offer Containers-as-a-Service to help developers to capitalize on the benefits of cloud native development.

JavaScript remains the Queen of Programming Languages

JavaScript is and remains the queen of programming languages. Its community of 11.7M developers is the largest of all languages. In 2018, 2.5M developers joined the community: the highest growth in absolute numbers and more than the entire population of Swift, Ruby, or Kotlin developers, amongst others.

Developer Conferences 2019: The Roundup

Conferences are the best place to share your passions and get a great booster in trends, knowledge & even hacks. Here is a roundup of developer conferences taking place in 2019 globally.

An Agile Software World

Since the emergence of the first agile software development methods more than 20 years ago, development teams around the world have undergone a significant cultural shift. The traditional waterfall approach to running software projects sequentially has been gradually replaced by iterative project management styles. This has enabled organisations of all sizes to scale successfully by remaining resilient in a business environment full of uncertainties. Agile methodology appears to be transforming companies across sectors, but is it really the dominant trend in the software industry nowadays? And if it is, which particular implementations of agile are the most widely used by developers?

True Cloud-native Development Has Yet To Go Mainstream

Cloud-native development and containerisation is redefining how software applications are built and run. The movement has captured an increasing amount of press and adoption is brisk as teams innovate modern architectures to build upon the unique capabilities of the cloud. Designing applications from the ground up to run in the cloud is also delivering more robust and flexible applications. But, while containerising apps has become very popular, many developers are simply migrating old code and processes to containers and are not yet developing true cloud native apps.

Why Is Mainstream Adoption Hard To Achieve

When you are involved and excited by an emerging technology, it is a common instinct to overestimate its impact and promise. Media enthusiasm builds in intensity and stokes interest, and when a new technology is promoted at the proof-of-concept stage, the publicity encourages developers to investigate it. Early adopters dive in, development proceeds, and success stories add to the anticipation of great things to come.

Ethics in AI

AI is a powerful and disruptive technology altering the landscape of application development and the wider world as we know it. The adoption of AI is increasing at a fast pace. While AI helps developers in every area of society to create solutions, implement change, and drive progress, it also forces us to think more deeply about our relationship with technology and the ethics of AI.