You can learn about about the technologies developers prefer to use (or, rather, are made to use) just by looking at data from Stack Overflow. The site allows devs to ask all sorts of questions, from the remedial to the advanced, on a range of programming languages and developer technologies.
Today, the company announced the fastest growing programming languages in the UK and Ireland. No surprises here, Python was at the front, with 10 percent growth between January 1 and March 1.
- Python (10 percent)
- Java (10 percent)
- C# (8 percent)
- HTML (5 percent)
- PHP (5 percent)
- jQuery (4 percent)
- CSS (4 percent)
- Android (4 percent)
- SQL (4 percent)
This data was gathered by aggregating the number of views, questions, answers, and queries on each respective language, and seeing how it changed over a three month period.
It’s worth emphasizing that this isn’t necessarily all from people using these technologies at their jobs. Python, for example, isn’t nearly as widely used as Java or C#. Its place on the top shop is indicative as its increasingly prominent role as a teaching language, especially in universities.
The findings from this analysis are also not entirely reflective of what Stack Overflow believes to be the most in-demand technologies from employers, according to an analysis of posts on Stack Overflow Jobs. Amazon’s AWS is the fifth most in-demand skill, yet it doesn’t place anywhere in the top ten.
Therefore, it’s worth taking this data with a pinch of salt. Before you double down to learn a technology, it’s worth taking a look at what the technology jobs market is like in your area. If you live in London, it’s probably worth reading up on Java and C#; both of these languages are hugely popular in financial services. If you’re in Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle or any of the other trendy startup cities, it’s a lot more murky.