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insights July 21, 2017

Trends in Cloud Computing: Who Uses AWS, Who Uses Azure?

Microsoft’s earnings were released yesterday, so we thought we’d take a look at how Microsoft technologies including Azure are used in comparison to Amazon Web Services across time, technologies, and industries, according to Stack Overflow data. Change Over Time How do the two cloud platforms compare? The Stack Overflow Trends tool shows the percentage of…
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Data Scientist (former)
insights July 12, 2017

Trends in Government Software Developers

With the D.C. area in the middle of Microsoft Inspire, one of the year’s biggest tech events, we thought it might be interesting to see how developers working in government stack up with developers in other industries in terms of what technologies they use on a daily basis. At Stack Overflow we’re able to segment…
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Data Scientist (former)
background July 6, 2017

Text Mining of Stack Overflow Questions

This week, my fellow Stack Overflow data scientist David Robinson and I are happy to announce the publication of our book Text Mining with R with O’Reilly. We are so excited to see this project out in the world, and so relieved to finally be finished with it! Text data is being generated all the…
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Data Scientist (former)
community June 15, 2017

Download Stack Overflow’s 2017 Developer Survey Data

Starting today, you can download the raw data from Stack Overflow’s 2017 Developer Survey, which received more than 64,000 responses from developers around the world. (The data file includes the 51,392 responses we considered to be sufficiently complete for publication.) You can download previous years’ results as well, from 2011 to 2016. We’re always excited…
insights June 15, 2017

Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs

Do you use tabs or spaces for code indentation? This is a bit of a “holy war” among software developers; one that’s been the subject of many debates and in-jokes. I use spaces, but I never thought it was particularly important. But today we’re releasing the raw data behind the Stack Overflow 2017 Developer Survey,…
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Data Scientist (former)
insights June 12, 2017

New Kids on the Block: Understanding Developers Entering the Workforce Today

Another academic year has recently ended, bringing with it a new season of graduations to celebrate and a new crop of freshly-minted graduates entering the software industry. The 2017 Stack Overflow Developer Survey provides context and data for understanding developers who are just entering the workforce compared to more experienced developers. Let’s use this year’s…
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Data Scientist (former)
company May 24, 2017

A Dive Into Stack Overflow Jobs Search

About two years ago, a significant event happened at Stack Overflow: a new system, named Providence, was released. Providence would allow us to tell which technologies a visitor is interested in, and measure the “fitness” between a visitor and a job. The release of Providence marked a stepping stone in Stack Overflow’s continuous effort to be…
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Marketing (Former)
company May 23, 2017

Stack Overflow: Helping One Million Developers Exit Vim

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 of help. Indeed, the difficulty of quitting the Vim editor is a…
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Data Scientist (former)
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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Data Scientist (former)
insights May 11, 2017

Is Your Favorite Open Source Technology in Growth or Decline?

This week we’re at OSCON in Austin as part of our efforts to support the open source community. While we’re here, we thought we’d compare what’s trending on social media versus what we can see through our new Stack Overflow Trends tool. We launched Trends this week so developers could see how technologies have grown or shrunk over time.…
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Marketing (Former)
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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Data Scientist (former)