Research: Stack Overflow reveals the most-loved languages and platforms for 2015

Research: Stack Overflow reveals the most-loved languages and platforms for 2015
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In the latest research conducted by Stack Overflow, the Q&A resource site for developers, programmers have revealed their most-loved languages and platforms of 2015. Their findings are based on the responses of 26,086 people from 157 countries and consist of full-stack developers, mobile developers, and front-end developers. 

Perhaps the most interesting finding is that Apple's new 'Swift' programming language – despite being less than a year old – is programmers' "Most Loved" language. This is said to be due to how easy it is to learn, its speed, and its compatibility with Objective-C. 

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Two 'C' technologies are found in the top ten; C++ 11 in second, and C# in ninth. Notably missing – but perhaps unsurprising – is Java or Javascript. Despite the lack of love for both, they can each be found high in the top 10 of the "Most Popular" and "Most Wanted" lists.

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By a fair margin, Javascript is the most popular language at 54.4%. This is followed by SQL at 48%, then Java at 37.4%. It's too early to expect Swift to appear on this list, but Objective-C just about sneaks into the top 10 at 7.8% which could show Swift beginning to cannibalise its usage amongst Apple developers. 

Uptake of Android will also have a natural effect on Objective-C's popularity. In the Most Wanted top 10, which asked developers what language or technologies they were most interested in, Google's OS came out on top with iOS in seventh place…

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Java, Android's primary development language, also came above Swift at sixth and ninth place respectively. The gap between platform interest is 8.3%, whereas the gap between language interest is much lower at just 2%. 

Stack Overflow's latest research provides an interesting insight into the state of the development market, but the surveyors warn that the sample could under-represent developers in countries like China, Brazil, and Japan, who visit Stack Overflow less than do developers in other non-English speaking countries. 

Have you got any thoughts about Stack Overflow's latest research? Let us know in the comments.


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