TypeScript enters the top 5 in the latest Stackoverflow survey • The Register

The annual Stackoverflow survey is here and while JavaScript continues to rule the roost, TypeScript has edged out Java to be among the top five most commonly used programming languages.

Microsoft’s JavaScript superset has slowly climbed the rankings: it was seventh most used in 2021, up from ninth place in 2020, and languished at 12th in 2018. In the latest study, it was fifth.

Interestingly, despite TypeScript’s popularity in usage stakes, affection for the technology has plummeted. Rust continued its run as the most loved language (87% of developers wanted to continue using it), but TypeScript fell from third to fourth in the passion stakes while Elixir fell from fourth place in second place in 2021.

In the 71,547 responses regarding programming languages, it’s also worth noting a new switch between Python and SQL. In 2021, Python made SQL the third most used language. This year, SQL regained third place, just behind HTML/CSS.

And the most hated…

Unsurprisingly, developers are still dreading that tap on the shoulder from the financial department for a change to this piece of code on which the whole company depends. Visual Basic for Applications and COBOL are still among the top three most feared technologies.

The ranking of operating systems changed little: Windows won for personal and professional use, although for professional use Linux overtook macOS to take second place with 40% of responses compared to 33% for Apple. Most notable has been the growth of the Windows Subsystem for Linux, which now accounts for 14% of personal use, up from just 3% in 2021.

The Stackoverflow team introduced a new category for version control systems this year and, unsurprisingly, Git got 94% of responses, with the second SVN managing a measly 5%. Disturbingly, while the majority of those learning to code use Git for version control, a disturbing 17% say “I don’t use any.” Something to add to the program for sure.

As was the case in 2021, AWS was the most popular cloud platform, although Microsoft’s Azure snatched second place from Google Cloud. However, budding coders ditched the pro preferences in favor of Heroku, who took the top spot. Google Cloud was second and AWS and Azure followed in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Wages are up

And the salaries? They have increased since 2021. Survey respondents indicated that, on average, median salaries have increased by around 23%. The big winners were COBOL, where the median annual salary rose from $52,340 to $75,592.

Microsoft maintained its dominance of developer tools, with 74% of 71,010 respondents using Visual Studio Code, a slight increase from 71% in 2021. Although still in second place, use of the more comprehensive Visual Studio , fell slightly to 32% from 33%. , while IntelliJ and Notepad++ were roughly neck and neck in third and fourth place respectively (a swap as of 2021.)

Demonstrating that there is still life in the old dog, .NET topped the “other frameworks and libraries” category, although NumPy was preferred by users learning to code. Stackoverflow decided to move Node.js from the “programming, scripting, and markup languages” category in 2021 to the more appropriate “web frameworks” category where it took first place from React.js with 47% of 58,743 respondents using it vs. 43% use React.js.

As for the survey itself, it came from developers in 180 countries (though not those under US sanction) and, as in 2021, respondents who spent less than three minutes on the survey were discarded. In fact, due to additional questions, the median time spent was actually just over 15 minutes. ®

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