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Results of the 2017 Stack Overflow Developer Survey were released in March and, once again, it's packed with valuable insight (and a few useless fun facts) for anybody in the IT industry, from developers to managers to recruiters.
This year's survey was completed by over 51,000 developers from around the world, with nearly 14,000 of them residing in North America. Of all respondents, 72.6% classified themselves as web developers, while desktop applications developers, mobile developers, database administrators, systems administrators, and DevOps specialists also topped the list.
The results produce some interesting revelations about developers around the world, including the make-up as well as their values. For example, while the survey was predominately completed by men (88.6% of respondents), Stack Overflow still concluded that women are most likely to take on roles such as Data Scientist, Mobile & Web Developer, Quality Assurance or Graphic Designer. In addition, not all developers consider formal education to be important. In fact, a third of them said it's not very important or not at all important. Of all respondents, the majority agreed that the best way to learn is by taking online courses or buying books and working through the exercises.
In addition to developer behaviours and opinions (which we'll summarize more in a future post) the survey also identifies helpful trends around developer technologies. For example, the chart to the right displays the top 10 most used programming languages in 2017. You can also find charts for the top libraries (Node.js, Angular.js and .NET Core top that list) as well as the top databases (MySQL, SQL Server, SQLite). For each of those, Stack Overflow asked developers for their most loved, dreaded, and wanted technologies. Those results were usually consistent with the most used, but also generated some notable observations. Python, which overtook PHP in the Most Used list after 5 years, also shot to the top of the Most Loved.
Finally, with all of these technologies, IT contractors and full-time professionals alike always want to know which will get them the most money. Below is a list of the ones making over $100K in the US. Interestingly enough, Objective-C, CoffeeScript and Perl were also the 6th, 3rd, and 8th most dreaded technologies, respectively.