The grumpy neck-beard programmer is a tired stereotype, but it does have a grain of truth to it: after years trying to keep up with the churn, many developers can become a bit jaded towards the latest fancy framework.
But you don't have that problem. Your spirit is still young, your hopes still uncrushed. You're the one who will go to bat for the new, better way of doing things without being slowed down by the burden of tradition.
You'll even get a handy "report card" at the end of the survey with links to learn more about the features you didn't know about!
The libraries section on the other hand covers things like front-end frameworks, back-end frameworks, testing libraries, and more. If you fill out the entire survey you're guaranteed to at least hear about all the main players in each category, even if you don't actually look them all up.
Although this doesn't currently exist, we soon hope to add a personal dashboard that lets you visualize which features and libraires you've learned over time.
It's no secret that programming demographics are a bit skewed towards white men; and this is sadly even more true when it comes to the survey.
It might be tempting to dismiss this with the classic "well nothing is stopping group XYZ from becoming programmers!"; but how will we know if that's true if that group's voice is not even being heard?
Thankfully, there might be a solution, and that solution is YOU! As the last State of CSS survey shows, respondents with less than a year of experience are a far more diverse crowd than their more experienced peers:
Now there's two possible interpretations to this, one good and one bad:
- People starting to learn programming today are more likely to come from a more diverse background.
- Newcomers have always been diverse, but the industry makes non-white-men quit after a few years.
So which one is it? Well we don't know yet… but the one thing we DO know is that if you just got into programming and you're part of a minoritized group, your voice is doubly valuable just because you can contribute such a unique point of view.
Right this way!
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