What software developers really like, and hate

Stack Overflow has released the results of its 2015 developer survey, which were based on responses from 26,086 people from 157 countries.

According to Stack Overflow, it conducted the 2015 developer survey to understand their software developer community.

Stack Overflow highlighted that the results are not unbiased: “Like the results of any survey, they are skewed by selection bias, language bias, and probably a few other biases.”

Despite the “biased” results, it provides insight into the global software development community.

The full results are available on the Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey page. Here are some of the highlights.

Highest number of developers per capita

The survey revealed that Luxembourg has the highest number of developers per 1,000 people, while Somalia had the lowest number.

Countries with most developers
Countries with most developers

Gender of software developers

The survey showed the vast majority of software developers are male.

“Our internal stats suggest the imbalance isn’t quite as severe as the survey results make it seem, but there’s no doubt everyone who codes needs to be more proactive welcoming women into the field,” Stack Overflow said.

Software developer gender
Software developer gender

Software developer education

The Stack Overflow 2015 developer survey revealed that most coders are self-taught.

Software developer education
Software developer education

Most popular technologies

Javascript is the most popular technology, followed by SQL and Java.

“The more things change, the more likely it is those things are written in JavaScript with NotePad++ on a Windows machine (theme: dark) using Git, and tabs instead of spaces,” Stack Overflow joked.

Most popular technologies
Most popular technologies

Most loved technologies

Swift, C++11, and Rust were named the most loved technologies in the survey.

Most loved technologies
Most loved technologies

Most dreaded technologies

Salesforce, Visual Basic, and WordPress were the most dreaded technologies in the survey.

Most dreaded technologies
Most dreaded technologies

Most wanted technologies

Android, Javascript, and Python were the most wanted technologies in the Stack Overflow 2015 developer survey.

Most wanted technologies
Most wanted technologies

Developer occupations

The survey provided respondents with a list of 24 common developer types, with full-stack web developer the most common occupation.

Occupation
Occupation

Job satisfaction

76% of software developers said they were satisfied at work – much higher than normal employees.

Executives are 16% more satisfied than average. Product managers are generally the least satisfied with their jobs.

Job satisfaction
Job satisfaction
Most satisfied
Most satisfied
Least satisfied
Least satisfied

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