This is evident from the latest version of SlashData’s semi-annual State of the Developer Nation report. The report estimates that there are now some 24.3 million active developers worldwide. This is an increase of 14 percent from the 21.3 million users there were in October 2020. SlashData considers someone who has a “constant spectrum of involvement in coding” as a developer.
Java’s popularity also continues unabated. The number of Java developers has risen from 8.2 to 9.4 million in the past six months. Whereas last autumn around six million people could handle PHP, C# or C/C++, this number now stands at 6.3, 6.5 and 7.3 million respectively.
Rust on the rise
Another interesting programming language is Rust. Currently, there are only 1.3 million developers who know it, but six months ago, there were only 800,000. Moreover, Google has recently launched an offensive to increase the popularity of the programming language with protection against memory vulnerabilities. The company has added the possibility to tinker with its Android operating system in the language and is lobbying for the same to be done to the Linux kernel.