The outfit’s third annual report on the profession of developer found that the majority of developers (58.2 percent) learn to code either at university or at school. However, close to 35 percent (34.6 percent) consider themselves to be self-taught. Although more than a third of developers learnt to code all on their own, thanks to the free and handy resources such as tutorials, books, YouTube, etc., none of them considers that they simply learnt “on the job”.
More than 54 percent of the developers that have gone on to achieve a higher level of education hold either a Master’s or a Bachelor’s degree. Two percent even have a PhD. But as stated previously, formal education isn’t the only path to becoming a developer: 21.7 percent declare they don’t have any formal qualifications.
Those who do have a formal qualification generally studied computer science but close to 10 percent have studied something else entirely: business, architecture, marketing, philosophy.
Developers are always perfecting their skills and learning new ones. A massive 64.9 percent say they devour online written tutorials (blogs, official documentation, etc.). YouTube is also a popular go-to for developers hungry for knowledge .60.8 percent of developers state it as their favourite medium to improve their coding skills or learn new ones.
A vast majority of developers (69.7 percent) agree that learning is doing. The survey shows that developers are so passionate about their coding that 1 in 3 developers code for more than an hour a day outside of work or school.
CodinGame has also focused its survey on what’s trending this year in the programming world. Results show that the best-known frameworks in 2020 are Node.js, React and .NETCore, closely followed by AngularJS and Spring.
There’s one thing, however, that everyone agrees upon - PHP is developers’ most-dreaded language.