COMPUTER PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES IN 2020: WHAT WE USE, WHO USES THEM, AND HOW DO THEY IMPACT JOB SATISFACTION

Alan Peslak, Mauri Conforti

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Abstract

There has been an explosion of programming languages over the past decades. From Assembler to Java, a variety of different programming languages have been developed by software designers to meet a variety of needs and applications. But how many of these languages are being actively used by today’s software professionals? And are there differences in language usage by gender or age? Our study analyzes the 2019 Stack Overflow annual survey and finds that the top languages used by all respondents of the survey were JavaScript, HTML/CSS, SQL, Python, and Java. For those who self-identified as software developers, Java leapfrogs Python and TypeScript comes above C++ but otherwise the top ten are unchanged. Many other insights have been discovered including number of languages used, significant differences in language use by age and gender, and the relationship of language usage and job satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-269
Number of pages11
JournalIssues in Information Systems
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting

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