What software developers really love and hate

Stack Overflow has released the results of its 2016 developer survey, which reveals the most loved and most hated technologies.

By - March 28, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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Rust is the most-loved programming language in the world, while Visual Basic is the technology developers most dread, the results of Stack Overflow’s 2016 developer survey have revealed.

This is the second year in a row that Go, Rust, and Swift make the top 5 most-loved programming languages.

Developers who currently don’t develop with Android, Node, and Angular want to do so, Stack Overflow found.

Over 50,000 developers from 173 countries responded to the survey.

Stack Overflow’s questions put to the developers, and associated results, are posted below.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Stack Overflow 2016 - Star Wars and Star Trek


The average developer is 29.6 years old. The median is 27.

Stack Overflow 2016 - Age


The average developer has about 6.5 years IT or programming experience. The median Front-End Web Developer has 3.5 years experience. The median Full-Stack Developer has 8 years experience.

Stack Overflow 2016 - Experience


Stack Overflow 2016 - Gender


Stack Overflow 2016 - Education

Job satisfaction

Stack Overflow 2016 - Job Satisfaction

Most popular technologies

StackOverflow 2016 - top technologies

Most-loved technologies

Stack Overflow 2016 - Most loved tech

Most dreaded technologies

Stack Overflow 2016 - Most dreaded tech

Most wanted technologies

Stack Overflow 2016 - Most wanted tech

Top-paying tech

Percentages shown are developer salaries as a proportion of the average developer salary in a respondent’s country.

Stack Overflow 2016 - Top paying tech

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