STACK OVERFLOW, the interactive Dear Deirdre for nerds, has released its 2016 user study. It interviewed 56,033 users in 173 countries, asking 45 questions that give some indication of the state of developers today.
The most "dreaded" language, which sounds like something from the Smash Hits Pollwinners Parties of yore, goes to Microsoft Visual Basic and the most "wanted" skill (THE HOTTEST SKILL IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW if you're an overexcited Zane Lowe) is Android.
But the big shock for INQ readers will be the dethroning of Linux by Apple as second place operating system for developers. In fact OS X was the single most popular response at 26.2 percent, followed by Windows 7 at 22.5 percent, Linux at 21.7 percent and Windows 10 at 20.9 percent. The most popular Linux distro was Ubuntu at 12.3 percent.
The most popular respondents were full-stack web developers, followed by back-end and students in third. Of the 56,033 respondents, just 59 identified as Windows Mobile developers. So actually more developers than there are users. Arf.
More people identified with the term "Ninja" (9.8 percent) than "Rockstar" (7.4) and a mere five percent identifed as "Guru". Star Wars fans wiped the floor with Star Trek fans in every age demographic.
Only 5.8 percent of respondents were of the female persuasion, with designer, quality assurance and front-end developer (that's what she said) being the top three roles for women, who are more likely to be based in Asia than the Western World.
In terms of popularity, trending tech winners were React, up 311.3 percent, followed by Spark and Swift. Windows Phone topped the shitlist with a drop of 65.2 percent, followed by Haskell and CoffeeScript.
Most popular development environment was Notepad++ at 35.6 percent, followed by Visuals Studio and Sublime Text.
The survey drills down even further to look at salary, job satisfaction and much more, but this is a good concentrate of the state of the union.
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