A new report from SlashData highlights the huge growth in the global developer community over the past six months.
The developer economy research specialists estimate there are now 24.3 million global developers, as of Q1 2021. This has increased by around 14 percent from 21.3 million in October 2020.
Python takes second place in community size with 10.1 million. The language’s developer community is growing the fastest of the established programming languages at a rate of 20 percent.
“The rise of data science and machine learning (ML) is a clear factor in Python’s popularity,” the report continues. “Close to 70 percent of ML developers and data scientists report using Python.
“For perspective, only 17 percent use R, the other language often associated with data science.”
Android’s first-party language Kotlin just edges out iOS’ Swift—with 2.6 million and 2.5 million developer community sizes, respectively.
When asked whether the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on how they worked, 30 percent said they “went fully remote” and 25 percent responded that it had “no effect, I’ve always been remote.”
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