The Stack Overflow Developer Survey has a wealth of information. After researching changes in the programming languages used by developers, the conclusion is that there is not much churn. The tool that has overtaken the field is Visual Studio Code which now dominates the head and shoulders of its competitors.
Not only is Stack Overflow the biggest survey of developers, it’s also cross-platform, which means it has results we’re all interested in. It’s also been around for a long time, so we can use it to look for trends.
As for the development environment, Stack Overflow results reveal that Visual Studio Code, which only hit the scene in 2015, has steadily, yet convincingly, become the dominant source code editor. . Although it is not a complete IDE, it has many useful features required by programmers, such as syntax highlighting, smart code completion, snippets, code refactoring, and support for debugging load.
Here is the result of the 2022 survey:
Among those learning to code, VS Code is even more popular (81%) and PyCharm too (26%).
It’s when you compare 2022 to 2018 that you see how VS Code has taken the market by storm. In 2018, it was only just ahead of Microsoft’s paid Visual Studio, which was on par with the free but primitive Notepad++. GitHub’s Atom was at its peak in 2018 and it’s now derelict given the obvious greater popularity of VS Code.
VS Code integrated Git support for version control, and in 2022 Stackoverflow included new version control questions that revealed differences between professional developers and those learning to code. While only 1.4% of Professional Developers answered “I don’t use it” At the question:
What are the main version control systems you use? Select everything related to it.
17% of those learning to code chose this answer. Git was overwhelmingly the tool of choice with 97% of professional developers and 82% of those learning to code using it.
The command line is the primary way developers interact with their version control systems, but the command line was a less popular option for those learning to code (77.48%) and the more popular code editor (57.58%) among those learning to code.
Just as VS Code is ahead of its competitors, so is GitHub:
While GitHub is the most popular version control for personal and business use, GitLab, Bitbucket, and Azure Repos are more likely to be used for business rather than personal use.
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