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...

‘Impact Engineering’ development approach outperforms Agile

The Agile Manifesto has shaped software development for over 21 years. However, empirical research into its real-world effectiveness remains scarce. Recent findings highlight a pressing concern: 81% of business decision-makers in the UK and 89% in the USA worry about on-time software project delivery within their organisations.

A new study, conducted for the book "Impact Engineering," reveals that 65% of software projects using Agile principles fail to meet deadlines, budgets, and...

New Relic: Developers swiftly embracing newer Java releases

According to New Relic's fourth annual State of the Java Ecosystem report released today, Java remains one of the most popular languages among developers nearly three decades on due to its "scalability and portability, allowing users to run on any device with a Java virtual machine."

The report, based on data from hundreds of thousands of applications, provides insights into how developers are utilising Java and which versions are gaining traction. Two key findings highlight the...

IDC expects Android to grow at ‘twice the pace of iOS’

IDC predicts that Android is set for significant growth in 2024, outpacing Apple's iOS by a considerable margin. Amid shifting market dynamics, Android is expected to expand at "twice the pace" of iOS.

The iPhone has always performed strongly in the US but its growth internationally has contributed to Android's squeezed marketshare in recent years, despite Android maintaining a majority on a global scale. Nonetheless, IDC's latest projections indicate a robust rebound for Android,...

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...

AI in game development grows despite concerns

A growing number of game development studios are embracing AI to streamline their processes, according to a new industry report from Unity.

The report finds that 62 percent of studios now utilise AI tools at some stage of development. The top use cases include improving character animations, code writing assistance, art and level generation, narrative design, and automated playtesting:

Credit: Unity

68 percent leverage AI specifically to accelerate prototyping. World...

Java remains backbone of enterprise applications

Java is set to remain the stable backbone of enterprise applications, according to a new report from Perforce Software.

The 2024 Java Developer Productivity Report is based on a survey of 440 respondents across 72 countries. Among the key findings, 60 percent of respondents said their companies plan to add Java developers in the coming year, while 42 percent plan to increase their Java development tool budgets.

"These investments in tools and talent are testament to...

White House urges adoption of memory-safe programming languages

The White House Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) has released a new report today urging the technology industry to take steps to reduce vulnerabilities in software that leave digital systems open to cyberattacks.

The report, titled "Back to the Building Blocks: A Path Toward Secure and Measurable Software," emphasises the importance of technology manufacturers adopting memory-safe programming languages to prevent entire classes of vulnerabilities from entering the...

Mobile game ‘mortality rate’ hits 83% within three years

A new whitepaper titled "Good Games Don't Die" reveals that 83 percent of launched mobile games fail within three years.

The study, conducted by revenue growth engine SuperScale, polled 500 developers across the US and UK to uncover issues plaguing the $96.2 billion mobile gaming industry.

The report unveils a catch-22 where 78 percent of developers prefer building new games despite a critical 43 percent failure rate during development alone.

This trend...

Wallarm highlights disturbing trends in API security threats

Wallarm has released its Q3 2023 API ThreatStats report which sheds light on the escalating threats targeting APIs and revealing vulnerabilities that have impacted industry giants such as Netflix, VMware, and SAP.

The report's revamped ‘Top 10 API Security Threats’ compilation outlines 239 vulnerabilities discovered during the quarter, with injections taking the lead.

Injections involve inserting malicious data or code into APIs, leading to unauthorised access and...