Trends are something everyone tries to keep up with, especially if these relate to software development. We conducted a software development industry analysis to find out what trends are dominating in 2021.
Java and JVM are the programmers’ favorites
Since its development in the mid-’90s, Java has climbed the ranks of the top software development technologies in demand and has been occupying the first place in the list of the most popular programming languages for years. The explanation can be pure and simple “Write once, run everywhere”. Thanks to its high security, many large enterprises have adopted Java, and such leading service providers as Google, Microsoft, Amazon support it for app development. Among such advantages as stability, extremely wide use in Android App Development, automatic memory allocation, and a variety of open-source libraries, Java has one more — a high degree of platform independence due to the JVM feature. Many popular programming languages such as Kotlin, Scala, and Groovy use JVM as their runtime. Though, having no competitors in matters of stability and trust, Java remains on top of software trends in 2020, making developers carefully watch and master every single latest technology in Java programming.
Rust, Java, Kotlin, TypeScript take top positions
We have already mentioned the stable popularity of Java, but there are many more modern software technologies that are acquiring their popularity. For example, Kotlin. Since Google officially named it a “first-class” language for Android development, the amount of ‘Kotlin’ job positions has significantly grown, meaning that anyone who looks for an Android-related position should learn it.
One of the most preferred languages according to Stack Overflow Developer Survey is Rust — an open-source, memory-safe, and learning-friendly. Rust community is a group of people who care not just about making it a good set of libraries but about making systems programming easy and safe. That’s why its popularity is not surprising.