A Look at Today's Developer Job Market, Programming Tool Trends

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A Look at Today's Developer Job Market, Programming Tool Trends

Recently released data from Stack Overflow sheds new light on the programmer workforce and offers insight on developer hiring and tech trends.

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Students

Of the 12.6 percent of Stack Overflow respondents that identify themselves as students, ages range from 16 to 65 years.

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Self-Taught

Nearly seven in 10 (69 percent) developers surveyed told Stack Overflow they are at least partly self-taught.

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Full-Stack Developers

According to the survey, full-stack developers who know JavaScript and develop for the cloud, or work with React or Redis typically earn $105,000, which is anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 more than counterparts who do not use these languages.

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Math Developers Earn More

Other high-paying developers? Math developers in the United States—data scientists, machine learning developers and those with statistics and math backgrounds—report earning the most overall. Those who know Scala, Spark and Hadoop earn more than their peers.

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Windows vs. Mac

This year, 26 percent of developers reported using Mac OS, which is up from 18.7 percent in 2013. Alternately, Windows has steadily declined in adoption since 2013.

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Job Search

Unsurprisingly, students continue to be the largest percentage of respondents (25.9 percent) looking for jobs.

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Job Happiness

Those happy with their jobs? Designers, who make up nearly half (49.4 percent) of respondents, said they are happiest with their jobs.

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Building Something New

Developers don't want to be stuck in a rut—globally, 64.3 percent said they want to build something new in their jobs.

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Gaming Lovers

Developers who work in gaming—which represents 2.4 percent of respondents—are more likely to love their jobs than anyone else, according to the survey.

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Women on the Team

Based on team size and number of women on each team, analysts and data scientists are more likely to work with a high percentage of women on their team, the survey indicated.

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Microsoft .NET: A Platform for All Developers

Microsoft continues to enhance its .NET platform to support any developer writing any application on any platform. To that end, the software giant recently held dotnetConf, a virtual conference focused on .NET and where the general-purpose platform is going. .NET has several key features that are attractive to many developers, including automatic memory management and modern programming languages, and that make it easier to build high-quality apps more efficiently. During dotnetConf, Microsoft announced that .NET Core 1.0 will be released to manufacturing (RTM) on June 27. .NET Core is a cross-platform implementation of .NET that runs on Windows, with ports in progress for Linux, OS X and FreeBSD. Also, during the dotnetConf event, Xamarin announced a new stable release of the Xamarin Platform, which co-founder and CTO Miguel de Icaza said features the biggest and best release of Xamarin...
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