I found it useful this year to take some notes as I skimmed through the always interesting Stack Overflow developer survey results. Here’s what I came out with this year:
- As much as I hate the title, “Full stack web developer” tops the web developer charts. I suppose it’s a good thing I’ve got that on my resume.
- It’s surprising to me that the overwhelming majority of people on SO are white or European descent.
- It’s surprising to me that so many people have a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree. I’m in the “Some college” category, and I would have thought there’d be more people without degrees than with.
- Some of my favorite technologies (SQL, C#, and TypeScript) continue to be very popular. Job security. I’m also glad I didn’t let someone at work convince me to use CoffeeScript instead of TypeScript. :)
- .NET Core is very popular right now. Glad I’m investing in that. I haven’t invested much in Node — even less the Angular — and that bothers me. I was hoping to see more Aurelia and less Angular this year.
- Windows is still the best choice and Imma stick with it. I’m always surprised to see AWS overtaking Azure, though. I like Azure.
- Glad I’ve invested so heavily in TypeScript. It’s muy popular. Maybe I’ll give Rust a try this year. Also, I wonder if the strong distaste for VB.NET explains why HomeSeer development is so stalled.
- Glad I’m investing in .NET Core. Curious why there’s so much distaste for Cordova — I was thinking of using it to build something.
- Might be a good idea to continue playing with my Raspberry PI Zero W. Only problem is it doesn’t seem to support anything I want to do.
- Confirmed. Again. Visual Studio is the best IDE. I do go against the grain and prefer Sublime to Notepad++, but mostly just because Sublime looks better out of the box. Glad to see Visual Studio Code rising to the top of the ranks. I find myself using it more and more, and it’s getting more and more powerful.
- My vendor of choice, Microsoft, is nestled deeply in the largest technology ecosystem.
- Glad I invest so much time in DevOps. It’s the highest paying salary developer type. Interesting that web developer is so low on the list.
- I get paid very well for what I do.
- I do miss TFS sometimes, but, seriously, Stick with git.
- Good thing I value communication, getting things done, knowledge of algorithms, understanding my tools, contributing to open source, and my Stack Overflow reputation. Although, I would move SO reputation higher in the list.
- I keep reading Agile is dead. SO survey results show otherwise.
- I pronounce gif properly.
- “Most developers agree that “good enough” is good enough. Shipping and then iterating is the preference of most developers.” <– This
- The survey results here are clearly wrong. Get those noisy keyboards out of my office.
- I also prefer tabs. I’m alone in this at work.
- Feels good knowing I’m not completely crazy for wanting a completely silent office.
- “We see a relationship between job satisfaction and pushing code into production frequently. (We still see this even after controlling for other effects, such as industry.) A happy developer is a developer who can ship.” <– This.
All in all, it’s helpful knowing I’m steering my career in the right direction. Perhaps the most surprising thing in this year’s results is the utter lack of the word “security.” Had I taken the survey when I had the chance, I would have noticed this omission earlier, but a developer survey without the mention of security seems flawed.
Now that my ego is sufficiently inflated, I think I’ll go write some code.