Adoption of Rust, meanwhile, has nearly quadrupled in the past 24 months, from 600,000 developers in Q1 2020 to 2.2 million in Q1 2022. [of Rust]empowers people to create with a lot of confidence,” said Rebecca Rumbul, executive director of the Rust Foundation, commenting on the report. “The community of maintainers and contributors is inclusive and supportive. Rust is also a great choice for developers looking to improve their career prospects, as the demand for Rust developers continues to grow. Rust, according to the report, has been used primarily in IoT projects but also in augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) development.
The report includes these additional findings:
- Java continues to experience strong and steady growth. Nearly 5 million developers have joined the Java community since the start of 2021.
- Go and Ruby are big languages in back-end development, but Go has grown more than twice as fast in the past year. The Go community now numbers 3.3 million developers.
- The Kotlin community has grown from 2.4 million developers in Q1 2021 to 5 million in Q1 2022. This is largely attributed to Google making Kotlin its preferred language for Android development.
- 46% of developers use low-code or no-code tools for some of their work. Experienced developers, especially those with more than 10 years of experience, are the least likely to use these tools. Nineteen percent of developers in North America use low-code or no-code tools for more than half of their coding work, nearly double the global average of 10%.
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