COBOL still going strong with enterprises favouring modernisation over retirement, report finds

Type COBOL into a well-known search engine and the first two questions for the more than 60-year old language are ‘does anyone still use COBOL?’ and ‘is COBOL obsolete?’

The answers to those two queries are ‘yes’ and ‘no’, if a new report from Micro Focus is anything to go by.

The study, put together alongside Vanson Bourne and which...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Languages.

HackerRank developer skills report: Go remains most desired language, JavaScript best known

A survey report released by HackerRank has found that developers find JavaScript the most-known language, Go most-wanted to learn, and full-stack development skills the most desired in the job market.

The 2020 HackerRank Developer Skills Report noted that JavaScript retained its status as the most widely-known programming language, alongside Java, C, and Python.

For its report,...

By Developer, 06 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, JavaScript, Languages.

Analysis shows the 16 most in-demand programming skills

A new analysis highlights the most in-demand programming skills looked for by employers as we begin the new decade.

Nick Kolakowski, a writer for Dice Insights, analysed data from Burning Glass – an analytics software company providing real-time data on job trends – and found that most job postings in the past 30 days wanted SQL skills.

Here’s the full breakdown of desired programming skills by job postings in the past 30 days:

  • SQL (56,272)

  • Java (48,949)

  • Software Development (44,633)

  • Software Engineering (35,898)

  • Python (34,426)

  • JavaScript (33,619)

  • Linux (28,562)

  • Oracle (24,218)

  • Microsoft C# (20,068)

  • Git (18,573)

  • C++...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Languages.

Microsoft teaches Visual Studio Code a few new Java tricks

Microsoft has taught Visual Studio Code a few new tricks to help Java developers as we ease into the next decade.

The main feature is a new Call Hierarchy view. By right-clicking a function and navigating to Peek Call Hierarchy, a developer can see a full list of incoming and outgoing calls (it's possible to filter just either, if you so desire.)

callhierachy

Another welcome addition is Data Breakpoints. This...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Java, Languages, Microsoft.

State of JavaScript survey: Svelte and Nuxt good, Angular and Cordova bad

The latest survey data assessing the JavaScript ecosystem is in, with a heady mix of winners and losers – but a continuing stream of innovation in features and libraries.

The 2019 State of JavaScript study, published at the end of last month, saw more than 21,000 respondents – albeit more than 91% were male – with two thirds (64%) having between...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, JavaScript, Languages.

Octoverse 2019: Python slithers past Java to become GitHub’s second most popular language

GitHub has published its latest State of the Octoverse report which provides fascinating insights into the development industry.

As the world’s largest repository host, GitHub is in a fairly unique position to monitor trends among the developer community. The company’s new report has once again highlighted some important changes.

Top languages

Perhaps unsurprisingly, JavaScript retains the crown as the most-used programming language on GitHub over the past year.

The most interesting change is with...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Git, Industry, Languages, Python.

Farewell, benevolent dictator: Python creator Guido van Rossum retires

Guido van Rossum, the "benevolent dictator for life" creator of Python, is stepping down from his current role at Dropbox and hanging up his keyboard.

Dropbox hired van Rossum six and a half years ago. The hire made perfect sense, given the company uses about four million lines of Python code. When van Rossum started in 2011, Dropbox’s server and desktop client were written "almost exclusively in Python".

Over the years, other...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Industry, Languages, Python.

Apple doubles use of Swift in iOS 13 as it shifts away from Objective-C

An analysis shows that Apple’s own use of Swift has doubled in iOS 13 as it further distances itself from Objective-C.

First introduced by Apple in 2014, Swift is now the main programming language for development across Cupertino’s platforms. Adoption of Swift by third-party developers is high, but much of Apple’s operating system still uses Objective-C.

Of course, much of Apple’s reason to continue using Objective-C code within its operating systems is that it’s legacy code...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Languages, Mobile, Platforms.

Analysis of the average JavaScript developer and their favourite tools

A new analysis based on data from StackOverflow has shed light on the average JavaScript developer and their favourite tools and technologies.

JavaScript remains the world's most popular programming language despite many others nipping at its heels.

90,000 developers took this year's StackOverflow survey, making it still among the most comprehensive insights of the development community.

The majority of those who describe themselves as primarily JavaScript developers say they are 'full stack'...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, JavaScript, Languages, Mobile, Platforms.