In with the new, out with the old
A few key takeaways:
In 2016, only 20.8% of developers had ever used TypeScript and hoped to use it again. In 2019, that number has nearly tripled to 58.5% of developers. GitHub’s State of the Octoverse confirms that trend, revealing that TypeScript usage grew 161% over the last year.
For Microsoft, the creator and maintainer of TypeScript, the language’s rapid growth gives them unprecedented involvement in the entire software supply chain, from code to code editors to code repositories.
Frontend frameworks are fickle. React continues to dominate the frontend world with an 89% satisfaction rate among developers. Svelte, an underdog that barely registered on last year's survey, jumped to the top with an 88% developer satisfaction ranking.
For every growing framework, another framework struggles. Since last year, VueJS has dropped from first to third in developer satisfaction. Angular continues to plummet, falling to an all-time low at 38%. Ember, too, hit a new low at 31%.
Welcome the newcomers. A few new technologies are gaining attention. GraphQL, a query language developed at Facebook that helps developers make descriptive data requests in their APIs, is widely enjoyed by developers, earning a 95% satisfaction rating. Moreover, nearly 51% of developers said they were interested in learning how to use GraphQL.
Gatsby, a static site generator that integrates GraphQL, made a strong debut among web frameworks, snagging an 88% developer satisfaction rating.
VS Code is mopping up the competition. Roughly 57% of developers use VS Code. WebStorm is a distant second, used by only 14% of developers.
Even Vim (13%), a text editor with a steep learning curve that was first released in 1991, beat out Sublime Text (10%) and Atom (6%).
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