- The open source developer tool GitHub has released its annual ranking of programming languages.
- Most languages have remained stagnant, with exceptions like C which have fallen one place below Shell.
GitHub grew to host over 73 million developers since its launch thirteen years ago, because users see the value of an open source platform for collaborating and distributing code, in part because of the pandemic.
The pandemic and the resulting shift to a more remote world meant developers spent more time coding, whether for work or during their downtime. When the lockdowns began in March 2020, the number of new open source projects increased by 40% year over year, GitHub had already discovered. It also meant more earnings for GitHub.
Microsoft-owned GitHub welcomed 16 million new users to its platform this year and announced a new CEO, former product manager Thomas Dohmke, to support the growth. GitHub documented its year of growth in its annual report, State of the Octoverse, released earlier this week.
Given the scope of GitHub – this is the largest open source platform in space – the company’s annual report is considered one of the most important trend insights among developer communities. GitHub has compiled data from a survey of over 12,000 developers to track which programming languages are most popular among developers and better understand how the popularity of the languages has changed over time.