Python creator steps down after almost 30 years in charge

It is safe to say Python enjoyed a remarkable 2017 – but 2018 may be a testing year for the language’s community as a leadership crisis looms.

Guido van Rossum, the author and for 30 years the BDFL (Benevolent Dictator for Life) of Python, has stepped down from his role citing issues with pushing out the most recent PEP (Python Enhancement Proposal).

“I would like to remove myself entirely from the decision process,” he wrote. “I’ll still be there for a while as an ordinary...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Languages.

10 essential resources for intermediate C programmers

C is one of the most common languages taught at university, even though more modern languages like Java and Python are considered easier to learn. Why is that? Well, learning C is considered a good foundation for learning fancier languages later, as you get a better idea of what is going on behind the scenes by doing some things yourself. It's also widely used, forming the majority of code written to create Windows, Linux, Mac, databases, embedded systems and more.

In this article, we're going to...

By William Judd, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages.

10 essential resources for intermediate Java programmers

Java remains one of the most popular programming languages to learn, thanks to its long history and reputation for being easy to pick up yet difficult to master. After you get through the initial tutorials and become more comfortable in the language, finding out how to progress further can be difficult. This article is intended to help with that, offering ten useful resources that will help you further improve your skills and work your way to becoming an expert programmer. Let's start.

By William Judd, 01 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Java, Languages.

Stack Overflow: Insights on the UK and Ireland’s developer workforce

Online developer community Stack Overflow has posted its latest UK and Ireland Developer Hiring Landscape report, providing insights on the nations’ workforce.

The results are based on ‘the largest survey of software developers ever’ with over 100,000 respondents.

Developer Salaries

Developers in England receive a median salary of £45,000, compared to £42,000 in Scotland, £41,500 in Wales and just £37,750 in Northern Ireland.

DevOps specialists...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Languages.

10 essential resources for intermediate Python programmers

So, you're an intermediate Python programmer. You've earned that title through coming into Python after knowing another language, or by going through Python tutorials or classes until you felt confident enough in the basics. That's great. Now, it's time to really spread your wings and really start thinking in a Pythonic way. Here are ten of my favourite resources to do just that, including fun challenges, must-read books, reference tools and projects.

Python Module of the...

By William Judd, 24 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Careers, Industry, Languages.

Learn through doing with 'Build Your Own X'

Swiss developer Daniel Stefanovic has created an impressive resource for developers, called Build Your Own X. This GitHub repository is a carefully vetted list of tutorials, designed to help you actually understand a topic by building a simple - yet functional - implementation.

The idea

For example, if you wanted to know more about how blockchain or cryptocurrencies work, you could create your own in an afternoon. Going through that process means that you can't just fake understanding; you're pushed...

By William Judd, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

Stack Overflow releases its ‘largest ever’ study of developers

Stack Overflow has released its annual study of the development industry. The company says its 2018 edition represents the ‘largest ever’ study of developer attitudes, salaries, and demographics.

Joel Spolsky, CEO of Stack Overflow, says:

“Today, every company is a technology company. Without developers, the economy would not evolve at the pace we’re...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: AI, Industry, Languages.

Google helps developers clean up their code with Android KTX

Android KTX is Google’s attempt to make writing code for their platform in Kotlin easier and more concise.

Ever since Google announced first-party support for the Kotlin programming language, many developers have been experimenting with it. As expected, when developers are getting to grips with a new language, this has led to some messy code.

Kotlin itself is designed to be friendly and easy to pick...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Java, Languages.

React knowledge ‘big opportunity’ for marketable developers, argues HackerRank

Organisations continue to look for expertise in JavaScript and Java above everything else – yet a skills gap is apparent when it comes to frameworks.

That is the key analysis from a new report by technical recruiter HackerRank. The report, titled the 2018 Developer Skills Report and which polled almost 40,000 developers, found React to have the biggest disparity; 19% of developers said they knew it, while 33% of companies require it.

The report argues that knowing React – which this publication has reported on...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Java, Languages.

Skills for these ten platforms are the most in-demand for 2018

A global network of freelance engineers, designers, and finance experts has released a list of the ten most in-demand programming languages for 2018.

According to Toptal’s internal data, skills for the most in-demand platforms requested by its clients are:

  • Angular 2 (+441.5% year over year (YOY)

  • React Native (+353.7% YOY)

  • Docker (+140.7% YOY)

  • Redux (120.6% YOY)

  • React.js (+97.4 YOY)

  • Firebase (+96.4 YOY)

  • Shopify (+93.0 YOY)

  • WooCommerce (69.0% YOY)

  • Azure (+53.0%...

By Ryan Daws, 16 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Languages.

Stack Overflow report examines ‘brutal’ lifecycle of JavaScript frameworks

Developers on Stack Overflow continue to be more interested in jQuery than other JavaScript frameworks according to new data analysis – although adding the share for market voice as new frameworks come in is “brutal.”

The report was released days after a three-part report from NPM, software registry and package manager for JavaScript, which argued jQuery ‘remains hugely popular...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Java, Languages.

React most popular front-end JavaScript framework with Preact fastest growing

According to figures from NPM, software registry and package manager for JavaScript, React remains by a distance the most popular front-end JavaScript framework, with Angular in second place.

The findings come from NPM’s State of JavaScript Frameworks 2017 report, with the first part assessing the front-end frameworks and the second examining the growth of the React ecosystem. As of the end of last year, the Facebook-curated React makes up approximately 0.05% of the 13 billion downloads from the...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Java, Languages.

A developing affection: Assessing the rise and fall of programming languages

These days we take applications for granted to run our businesses and organise and entertain us in our personal lives. But which are the programming languages that enable our digital world – and how are they progressing over time?

A good starting point for understanding the relative popularity of programming languages is to look at studies from groups like TIOBE, RedMonk, and Stack Overflow, which show how languages trend over time. GitHub can also be an important gauge, particularly in the open source...

By Mark Little, 11 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Languages.

C named as TIOBE’s 2017 programming language of the year

Sometimes the old ones are the best ones: C has been named as TIOBE’s programming language of 2017, nine years after its most recent triumph.

The language remains at #2 in the January 2018 rankings, behind Java and ahead of C++ – with no change from January 2017’s index – but came out on top for language of the year because of its yearly growth of 1.69%. Runners up were Python (1.21% growth) and Erlang (0.98%).

TIOBE argues that the reason for C’s growth – admitting it won...

By James Bourne, 08 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Java, Languages.

Stack Overflow analysis on most disliked languages sees Perl top of the tree

Perl, a language used predominantly for common gateway interface (CGI) as well as system administration and network programming, has been voted as the most disliked programming language by the Stack Overflow development community.

The almost 30-year old language came out ahead of Delphi and VBA in the rankings, with a long gap following to PHP, Objective-C, Coffeescript and Ruby.

When it came to overall tags – including operating systems, platforms and libraries – the number one on the dislike...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Languages.

Android Studio 3.0 brings treats like Kotlin, Java 8, and Instant Apps

Google isn’t waiting for Halloween and has begun handing out the sweet treats early with the stable release of Android Studio 3.

We first heard of Google’s intention to bake Kotlin support into Android Studio back in May during its annual IO developer conference. Fast-forward five months and Google is making good on its promise.

Much like Swift is to iOS, Kotlin is to Android. The...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Java, Languages, Platforms.

Google and Udacity team up for 50,000 US Android developer scholarships

Google is offering 50,000 developer scholarship opportunities with education platform provider Udacity to help those who want to build on the web and Android.

The move adds to the 130,000 scholarships already put out by the two companies around the world, with this initiative aimed at US residents.

The first phase of the scholarships will revolve around three months of access to Udacity courses on a choice of HTML and CS, offline web applications, Android basics, and developing Android apps. After this, the...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Languages.

‘Encouraging’ study examines static typing and quantifying detectable bugs in JavaScript

Are you a proponent of static typing or dynamic typing in JavaScript, or indeed another language? A new study from researchers at University College London (UCL), alongside Microsoft, put a couple of products to the test – with pretty solid results.

The researchers tested Flow, Facebook’s static type system, and TypeScript – from Microsoft, of course – and found that, at a conservative estimate, each product can spot approximately 15% of bugs which would otherwise have ended up in...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Java, Languages, Testing.

Stack Overflow analysis assesses ‘incredible’ growth of Python

Python’s profile continues to grow – but at what rate? According to David Robinson, data scientist at Stack Overflow, it has a ‘solid claim’ at being the fastest-growing major programming language.

In June, Python became the most visited tag on the developer community site for the first time among high income countries, including hitting top spot in the US and UK and being in the top two almost everywhere else, behind either Java or JavaScript.

This is not a cause for celebration just...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages.

Python slinks past C, Java and C++ to top IEEE 2017 language list

Python has topped the charts as the top programming language of 2017, according to the latest ranking from IEEE Spectrum.

The language, which continues to grow in popularity having been one of the highest risers in the most recent Stack Overflow survey, got the benchmark score of 100, with C (99.7), Java (99.5) and C++ (97.1) trailing close behind. C#, R, JavaScript, PHP, Go, and Swift completed the top...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Java, Languages, Mobile.