Web3: Ethereum leads in developers, falling behind in activity

According to a16z’s 2022 State of Crypto report, Ethereum is maintaining its lead in web3 developers but rivals are overtaking in activity.

The report opens with some history of the various web eras and why web3 has many people excited:

Web1 (~1990-2005) – Based on open protocols, decentralised, and community-governed. However, relatively basic in terms of functionality.Web2 (~2005-present) – Siloed, centralised services with value and content ownership granted to a...

Google’s Project Zero found over twice as many exploits in 2021

Project Zero, Google’s in-house team of experts tasked with finding zero-day exploits, reports that it found over twice as many in 2021.

According to the team’s annual report, it found a record 58 zero-day exploits in 2021. That’s over double the 25 it detected in 2020 and the previous record of 28 detected in 2015.

(Credit: Google)

While such a large uptick may cause alarm, Google puts a positive spin on the news.

“We believe the large...

These programming languages were most in-demand in 2021

Coding Dojo has released its annual review of the programming language skills most sought after from employers.

For its research, Coding Dojo scours jobs listing site Indeed. The company looks at what languages appear most in job descriptions and compares their prevalence with previous years to identify trends that could give you an advantage.

Python retained its lead in 2021 as the language which cropped up in the most (~70,500) job descriptions. Rounding out the top...

2022 Java Developer Productivity Report: Teams aren’t realising the promise of microservices

The latest edition of Perforce’s annual Java Developer Productivity Report highlights that teams aren’t realising the full promise of microservices and CI/CD.

Developers are often finding that microservices and CI/CD are decreasing their productivity rather than improving. 

Among CI/CD users, 42 percent of respondents report build completion times of over five minutes. The most common (33%) response was build times exceeding 10 minutes.

The highest...

State of Software Security v12: Don’t become complacent, but we’ve come a long way

Veracode’s latest State of Software Security report highlights that applications are, on average, more secure than ever.

Getting the negatives out the way first, the report warns about the devastating “domino effect” that one vulnerability can have on software across the globe.

One clear example of this in action was the SolarWinds attack in which hackers inserted malicious code into the company’s Orion software. Every company and organisation using Orion was...

GitHub releases analysis of relations between developers and security researchers

Relations between developers and security researchers is critical, but it’s no secret they’re often fraught.

GitHub first announced that it was expanding its research to more fully understand the relationship between developer and security research communities in December 2020. The initial analysis, conducted by GitHub Security Lab, has now been released.

For its debut analysis, Github focused on the vulnerability disclosure process—of which there is currently no...

Research: How average developer salaries differ across Europe

A new report highlights the differences in the average salaries of developers across Europe.

The research, conducted by recruitment platform talent.io, evaluated the salaries of both full-time and freelance developers.

Munich offers full-time developers the highest median salary (€70,000), followed by London (€66,000), Berlin (€60,000), Amsterdam (€57,500), and Paris (€45,000).

The entry-level median salary for software developers in London is...

Research: One in four people learnt to code during COVID-19 lockdown

Some people who found themselves with extra time during the COVID-19 lockdown put it to good use.

Research from digital transformation firm BoxBoat suggests that around one in four people spent time learning coding languages during the lockdown.

The most commonly learned programming language was Python, followed by Java and C++.

The greatest motivations for people setting out to improve their skills were career development (55%), personal development (46%),...

Research: Interest in COBOL surges like it’s the 60s

Research from job site Indeed has shown a surge in interest for the COBOL programming language.

COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) was first created in 1959 and usage of the language has dwindled over years. Today, you'll only really find the language used by businesses for sexy things like processing forms and payments systems.

Indeed's research shows a large uptick in the number of people seeking COBOL jobs on its website. The careers site noted this increase...

SoundCloud repairs API-related security snafus after Checkmarx research

Online audio distribution platform and music sharing website SoundCloud has fixed several security vulnerabilities affecting its API that could have otherwise resulted in hackers taking over accounts, launching denial of service attacks, and exploiting the service.

All weaknesses were found in an investigation conducted by the Checkmarx Security Research team to study the state of API security in leading...