Top 10 most popular software development tools

Some research from technology learning platform, Pluralsight, has revealed the top coding languages and programs studied by its users last year.

With software looking to dominate the tech and IT landscape again in 2019, knowing which languages and programs are most popular can be useful to companies trying to keep up with the competition, as well as developers wanting to stay relevant in a highly competitive jobs market.

Top 10 most popular software development tools 2018:

  • JavaScript
  • Java
  • HTML
  • C
  • Git
  • C++
  • Python
  • CSS
  • Blockchain
  • SQL

Highest growth software development technologies:

  • Svelte
  • Apple MDM
  • Jest
  • Kotlin
  • Dart
  • Microsoft Powerapps
  • Microsoft Flow
  • Oracle Cloud Platform
  • Apache Knox Gateway
  • Apache Nifi

Pluralsight allows users to test their knowledge on any given topic and last year over 1 million of these assessments were taken. The top 5 were:

  • Javascript
  • C#
  • Python
  • Java
  • HTML

Sean Farrington, SVP EMEA at Pluralsight, said: “Java, C++, SQL and HTML are annual staples on our Top 10 lists because they are the bedrock of modern business. These are the languages that organisations have relied upon from inception and the vast majority of what today’s users experience is this code. These four heavyweights power everything from simple websites to complex, rich web applications.

“Svelte, Jest and Kotlin’s growing popularity underscores the importance of JavaScript to modern programmers. It goes without saying that the ubiquity, flexibility and extensibility of JavaScript will make it one of the most important programming languages of the century.

“What surprised us this year, is that Microsoft Flow and PowerApps feature so highly. They are both fundamental to a growing trend that empowers non-programmers to create automations that often go on to become mission-critical to a business. If you think back on how important Microsoft Access was to business in the 1990s, it’s easy to draw a parallel to these two new technologies that are quietly enabling innovation and self-service at every level of a modern organisation.

“If past is prologue, 2019 will follow a similar pattern to 2018. However, enterprises should keep in mind that if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Organisations wanting to stand out from the competition should certainly test the waters with new approaches to software development. It could be the difference between success and failure in the year ahead.”

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