David Robinson

company May 23, 2017

Stack Overflow: Helping One Million Developers Exit Vim

The Stack Overflow Podcast is back! Check out the latest episode below. This morning, a popular Stack Overflow question hit a major milestone: You’re not alone, jclancy. In the five years since this question was asked, there have been over a million other developers who got stuck in Vim and couldn’t escape without a bit…
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State of Mobile - Stack Overflow Insights
insights May 16, 2017

Exploring the State of Mobile Development with Stack Overflow Trends

In honor of Google I/O 2017 and the launch of the official Stack Overflow mobile app, we on the Stack Overflow Insights team are sharing a look at the fast-paced history of mobile application development. We can do this with the recently released Stack Overflow Trends tool, which lets us examine what mobile-related technologies have been…
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company May 9, 2017

Introducing Stack Overflow Trends

On a typical day, developers ask over 8,000 questions on Stack Overflow about programming problems they run into in their work. Which technologies are they asking about, and how has that changed over time? Today, we’re introducing the Stack Overflow Trends tool to track interest in programming languages and technologies, based on the number of…
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insights April 19, 2017

What Programming Languages Are Used Late at Night?

Do you program in the evening? How about late at night? I enjoy programming as a hobby and I’m a bit of a night owl, so I often code well outside working hours, sometimes past midnight. And whatever time it is, when I run into a bug I visit Stack Overflow. This means that Stack…
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company March 9, 2017

Does Anyone Actually Visit Stack Overflow’s Home Page?

Yesterday we were amused to see this post on Reddit’s sysadmin forum: Our architecture lead Nick Craver looked into this and gave a great answer, including that about 29% of the previous day’s Stack Overflow traffic was to the home page. From his perspective as a system administrator, that’s exactly the right analysis. Nick’s team…
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company February 15, 2017

How Do Students Use Stack Overflow?

Since Stack Overflow was founded, we’ve described it as “a question and answer site for professional and enthusiast programmers.” It supports both experienced developers who code as part of their work, and people who are learning as part of a university curriculum. So just how many of our users are students? We on the Data…
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company January 30, 2017

Developers without Borders: The Global Stack Overflow Network

A while back I encountered a developer who shared a story of a positive experience on Stack Overflow. He’d asked a question late one Sunday on Labor Day weekend, and been delighted that he’d quickly gotten multiple responses. He said he was impressed that someone else in San Francisco was also “burning the midnight oil,”…
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insights December 20, 2016

Developers, Webmasters, and Ninjas: What’s in a Job Title?

Is there a difference between a “software engineer” and a “software developer”? How many years of experience do you need to be “senior,” or a “team lead”? Do people still call themselves “webmasters”? Does anyone actually describe themselves as a “rockstar” or “ninja”? If you’re hiring a developer, or on the job market yourself, understanding…
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