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Meghan (she/her)
Meghan (she/her)

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The StackOverflow 2018 Developer Survey Results are live!

Over 100,000 developers from all over the world took the survey this year and the results are live!

https://insights.stackoverflow.com/survey/2018/

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rhymes

A few takes from a quick overview:

  • the percentages of women and minorities are still too low :(
  • 71% of devs on the website don't have children
  • some skip meals to be productive (it happens to me too sadly)

  • people LOOOOOVE Rust, totally hate Visual Basic and yearn for Python in their sleep

  • people love Redis and Postgres, hate commercial DBs like DB2 or Oracle

  • there are a lot of Raspberry Pi aficionados out there

  • SharePoint is everybody's nightmare :D (I've seen it once, I ran the other direction)

  • Windows is still the first OS used by developers

  • the dual monitor setup is an evergreen (my take: the monitors need to be identical, otherwise your eyes are going to have a field day)

  • F# makes you rich

  • Python is beloved but it's at the bottom of the payscale (I remember when it used to be at the top). In a way this makes me happy because it means there are a lot of Python devs out there now.

  • One in three developers wants to change workplace

  • One in four developers wants to start their own company

  • 36% of developers would consider writing unethical code (maybe the question is too generic?)

  • It's interesting to me that only 11% of devs in the U.S. value health insurance as a compensation. I would have thought the number to be way higher

  • Half of devs use standing desks!?!? I've never see one in Italy except on Techcrunch :D

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George Offley

Despite the numbers being low it is encouraging to see the students numbers (although still far too small) a little more diverse than the professional brackets. I am a little annoyed at how often I go through a company's staff page when I apply and only see white men. Hopefully we'll get better.

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George Offley

I'm also not seeing a lot of representation of gay developers. At least not enough to reflect the population statistics. I need somebody in the office that understands my references to the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous and my appreciation for Broadway shows.

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Ben Halpern

The percentages of women and minorities are still too low

Absolutely. Software developers are some of the most capable problem solvers in the world and it's hard to solve problems you are blind to. It's imperative we work to make this space more inclusive.

At least we have some ongoing data here. Lots of work to be done.

Half of devs use standing desks!?!? I've never see one in Italy except on Techcrunch :D

Agreed. No idea where all the standing desk users are.

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rhymes

Agreed. No idea where all the standing desk users are.

They probably are in Standing Desk Companies that reject candidates who don't do the interview standing :D

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Ben Halpern

The standing desk mafia

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Spiro Floropoulos

You've got one right here. :)

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Juanjo Salvador

F# makes you rich

That's what Microsoft said at DotNet Conference Spain 2016.

SharePoint is everybody's nightmare :D (I've seen it once, I ran the other direction)

You will run faster when you meet Alfresco...

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Elena.NET

Non-binary people do not even reach 1% :(

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rhymes

:-((

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Adele Francois • Edited on

I think it was very disheartening to see. Especially in the areas were diversity areas are considered lowest priorites. Especially to cis gendered white males. We need more allies and we need to make a stronger demand for a diverse workforce. I am tired of seeing company profiles where a majority of the people all look the same. Reach out to communities that are diverse, instead of recruiting and employing certain people to fit your "comfortable" mold of life/work.

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Ben Halpern

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Mathias Schilling πŸ’Ύ • Edited on
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Perry Donham • Edited on

I think devs who have been in the career longer are more likely to be using or have used Perl, and they also tend to have higher salaries. I remember developing web sites in the mid-to-late 1990s in Perl 3. (KidPub was one, launched in 1995. It's now in PHP and soon to be in MEAN.)

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Brady Holt

Nice site!

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Ben Sinclair

Anyone who can write Perl can hack the salary computer.

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Mathias Schilling πŸ’Ύ

Hahaha, made my day ❀️

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Weston Wedding

Nice to see how few respondents feel they have any ethical responsibility for the code they write. It never ceases to be a disappointing subject.

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Perry Donham

Totally agree. We need a #WriteItYourself movement.

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Ben Halpern

JavaScript really is eating the world

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Ben Halpern

Most wanted tab is interesting

🌚 Friends don't let friends browse without dark mode.

Sorry, it's true.