JavaScript Most Popular Language Based on Survey of 71,281 Developers

TL;DR: HackerRank published their 2019 Developer Skills Report, finding JavaScript to be the most popular computer language among developers surveyed. Over 250 different languages exist for a variety of tasks associated with information technology, and it appears JavaScript beats them all, at least for now. 

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Survey of 71,281 Developers Finds Most Prefer JavaScript

Periodically, as you’re reading this article, look up, especially if you’re in a public place, and scream, “Nerds!” That out of the way, and in all seriousness, computer languages are a competitive field. Finding which to employ for a project could make all the difference in the world, and doubly so when savvy investors kick the tires on a startup.

JavaScript Most Popular Language Based on Survey of 71,281 Developers

“Programming is like art—both the process of writing code and the code in itself,” Vivek Ravisankar, Co-founder & CEO of HackerRank explained. “Converting an idea that only existed in your head into reality is an unparalleled feeling. It’s a kind of mindfulness that keeps you in a state of flow when you love the work you do. And, when your product impacts millions of developers and helps them find the right place to work—it’s both exciting and scary!”

And HackerRank should now. Their product is used by millions of developers. Putting an even finer point on the subject, “Candidates are now being evaluated based on their skills and not their pedigree. This opens up a lot more opportunities for developers and smart companies worldwide are recognizing this and making the shift,” Ravisankar noted.

Not Taught in Most Universities

Year after year, it’s important for the industry to track trends and changes. Surveying over 70,000 developers, they found in 2018, “73% of developers said they knew JavaScript, up from 66% in 2017. This also makes JavaScript 2018’s most well-known language, compared to Java in 2017.”

JavaScript Most Popular Language Based on Survey of 71,281 Developers

That could be changing. “Student developers are the exception,” HackerRank reveals. “Only 42% of student developers in 2018 said they knew JavaScript. This could be because JavaScript isn’t taught in most university computer science programs, so more developers learn JavaScript once they’re out of school and creating applications for work.”

Languages such as Python, Go, Kotlin are still increasing in demand, though the survey claims “interest in Scala has dropped, whereas their interest in TypeScript has increased. Scala was the 3rd most popular language that developers planned to learn in 2018 but dropped to 6th place in 2019.”

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