To provide guidance for the tools that should be on developers' radars for 2017, the site collected reams of data from site visitors and members, including votes, favorites and pageviews. The site continually crowdsources its data by offering visitors an opportunity to share the information about the tech stacks they use, and puts out annual rankings of the top tools based on a multi-faceted ranking methodology.
"It took a bit of time to comb through the data, but there are some killer insights in here," the company said in a "Top 50 Developer Tools of 2016" blog post last week. "To piece this list together, we aggregated usage from 40K+ tech stacks, over a million unique visits, and thousands of developer comments, reviews, and votes across all of 2016 (more on methodology below). Through it, we found some of the top tech trends coming into 2017 and what should be on your bucket list."
Here's how they ranked in relative popularity scoring:
In addition to the data and application category, StackShare provided top 10 lists for seven others. Here are the No. 1 award winners in those remaining StackShare categories:
|Utility Tool of the Year
|DevOps Tool of the Year
|Business Tool of the Year
|New Tool of the Year
|Top 10 Stacks
|Top 10 Developers
||Ryan Townsend, CTO, Shift Commerce
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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.