What languages do you want to work with next year? Are you more productive in an office or working from home? When did you write your first line of code? We want to hear from you in our annual developer survey! The survey, now in its ninth year, launches today and anyone who codes is encouraged to participate.
This year’s survey questions are designed to gain insight into developer career paths, programming languages and tools, working preferences, and overall opinions and feedback. There are some fun questions, too (like previous years’ tabs vs. spaces and gif vs. “jiff”)!
We heard you loud and clear last year when you asked for a shorter survey. We did our best to deliver without sacrificing valuable insight, and we shaved off about five minutes from last year’s survey. The survey should take about 25 minutes to complete. Survey results are used by Stack Overflow, as well as our community, and are picked up by media outlets around the world. Accordingly, we want to make sure we’re putting our best foot forward. If you have feedback as you take the survey or once you complete it, we’d love to hear it!
Keeping with tradition, anonymized survey results will be available publicly under the Open Database License. You’ll be able to download and analyze the dataset later this year, just like we explored last year’s data in our interactive widget below to glean user feedback.
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What do users say about Stack Overflow?
On the 2018 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, we asked users what the best, worst, most exciting, and most annoying things about Stack Overflow are.
Here are their answers.
Certain survey answers are treated as personally identifiable information, and therefore excluded from the anonymized results. These questions are highlighted in the survey with a note saying, “This information will be kept private.”
The survey is expected to close on February 12th. If you’re a registered user who completes the survey in its entirety, you have the option to get the Census badge on Stack Overflow or a different technical site in the Stack Exchange network. (If you’re not yet a registered user, sign up here.)
Thanks in advance for your time and thoughtfulness!