Rust adoption, meanwhile, has nearly quadrupled over the past 24 months, going from 600,000 developers in Q1 2020 to 2.2 million Q1 2022. “The security and memory safety [of Rust] enables people to create with a lot of confidence,” said Rust Foundation Executive Director Rebecca Rumbul, commenting on the report. “The maintainer and contributor community are inclusive and supportive. Rust is also a great choice for developers looking to enhance their professional prospects, as demand for Rust developers continues to increase.” Rust, the report said, has mostly been used in IoT projects but also in augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) development.
The report includes these additional findings:
- Java continues to experience strong and steady growth. Nearly 5 million developers have joined the Java community since the beginning of 2021.
- Go and Ruby are important languages in back-end development, but Go has grown more than twice as fast in the past year. The Go community now numbers 3.3 million developers.
- The Kotlin community has grown from 2.4 million developers in Q1 2021 to 5 million in Q1 2022. This is largely attributed to Google making Kotlin its preferred language for Android development.
- 46% of developers use low-code or no-code tools for some portion of their work. Experienced developers, particularly those with more than 10 years of experience, are the least likely to use these tools. Nineteen percent of developers in North America use low- or no-code tools for more than half of their coding work, almost twice the global average of 10%.
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