SlashData: Rust sees fastest growth, JavaScript still dominates

According to SlashData's findings, the JavaScript community grew by an impressive four million users in the past 12 months, solidifying its status as the most widely-used programming language globally.

Here is a breakdown of the size of various programming language communities:

JavaScript: 25.2 million developers Python: 18.2 million developers Java: 17.7 million developers C++: 11.6 million developers C#: 10.2 million developers PHP: 9.8 million...

Angel Montesdeoca, IBM: The role of AI in modern software development

In an interview ahead of Digital Transformation Week, Angel Montesdeoca, Program Director of Product Management for watsonx Code Assistant at IBM, discussed the company's approach to integrating AI into software development tools and accelerating the application lifecycle.

The age of generative AI 

According to Montesdeoca, we are living in "the age of generative AI" with huge investments being made in infrastructure, applications, and AI models across the tech industry....

GitHub Copilot gains extensions as GitHub and FileZilla face malware exploits

As GitHub Copilot gains extensions, GitHub and FileZilla face malware exploits

GitHub has announced a new feature that enables developers to extend Copilot with third-party skills, providing an extra layer of customisation.

At this year's Build conference, it announced the acquisition of a conversational assistant tool company called Semantic Machines to help enhance its products. GitHub's "AI pair programming tool," Copilot, also grabbed significant attention with the launch of its Copilot Extension. This new feature allows developers to extend Copilot...

UK authority calls for integral data protection in AI amid increasing breaches

UK authority calls for integral data protection in AI amid increasing breaches

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK authority in charge of overseeing the use and collecting of personal data, has revealed that it received reports on more than 3,000 cyber breaches in 2023. 

This figure highlights an urgent concern in the world of technology: the need for strong data protection measures, particularly in the development of AI technologies. The UK's data watchdog has issued a warning to tech companies, demanding that data protection be...

Google continues AI push with new Gemini tools for developers

Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference with a clear emphasis on AI, unveiling a suite of new Gemini-powered solutions to empower developers.

At the forefront is an expansion of Google's Gemini language model, including the public preview of 1.5 Flash which is designed for high-frequency tasks. Developers can join a waitlist to preview a groundbreaking two million context window for 1.5 Pro.

"Streamline workflows and optimise AI-powered applications with...

Cisco: Developers spend majority of time firefighting

A new survey from Cisco reveals that software developers are spending more than 57% of their time in "war room" meetings to resolve application performance issues, rather than focusing on building new software to drive innovation. 

The findings highlight the immense pressure facing developers today. Globally, 85% of those surveyed report increased demands to accelerate software release velocity, while 77% cite mounting pressure to deliver seamless and secure digital...

Stack Overflow and OpenAI partner to empower developers

Stack Overflow and OpenAI have announced a partnership that aims to provide developers with accurate and vetted solutions by integrating Stack Overflow's OverflowAPI and validated technical knowledge into OpenAI's products, including ChatGPT.

Brad Lightcap, COO at OpenAI, said: "Learning from as many languages, cultures, subjects, and industries as possible ensures that our models can serve everyone. The developer community is particularly important to both of us. Our deep...

Unreal Engine 5.4 brings animation, rendering, and AI upgrades

Epic Games has released Unreal Engine 5.4, packed with new features and improvements aimed at benefiting game developers and creators across industries. The latest version delivers toolsets used internally by Epic to build high-profile releases like Fortnite Chapter 5, Rocket Racing, Fortnite Festival, and LEGO Fortnite.

"Unreal Engine 5.4 is here, and it's packed with new features and improvements to performance, visual fidelity, and productivity that will benefit game developers...

Stable Diffusion 3 API delivers powerful image generation

Stability AI is providing the next iteration of its powerful text-to-image model, Stable Diffusion 3, to developers through its API and an innovative new creation platform.

Stable Diffusion 3 was unveiled in February alongside an early preview for a limited group of developers. Today’s announcement will help it to compete with major industry players such as OpenAI's DALL-E 3 and Midjourney v6. 

According to Stability AI, the latest version of Stable Diffusion...

GitHub updates Innovation Graph with latest developer trends

GitHub's Innovation Graph has been updated with data from Q4 2023, offering a comprehensive view of global developer activity over the past four years.

The latest findings highlight the increasing popularity of AI among developers, leading to a rise in project documentation. This trend is attributed to the widespread use of chat-based generative AI tools like GitHub Copilot Chat and ChatGPT.

"While we recognise that it's not a panacea, perhaps generative AI technologies...