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Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers

By ZDNet

April 22, 2020

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There are currently more than 20.4 million active software developers in the world, and more than 50% of them are learning JavaScript or Microsoft's JavaScript superset language, TypeScript, according to developer analyst SlashData.

More than 17,000 developers in 159 countries were surveyed by SlashData between November 2019 and February 2020 as part of its 18th Developers Economics report.

The firm estimates there are now 12.2 million developers worldwide using JavaScript, including 3 million who joined the JavaScript community in the past two years.

SlashData also says there are now approximately 8.4 million Python developers, and 8.2 million Java developers.

The company said Kotlin has been the fastest-growing language over the past two years, a trend likely linked to the fact that Google designated it as the preferred language for Android development.

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