Java Popularity Rising in the UK and Ireland
- By John K. Waters
Reports of the wavering popularity of Java in the U.S. in the face of growing interest in languages like Kotlin don't seem to have influenced the large community of Java jocks in the UK and Ireland. According to a newly published report by Stack Overflow ("The Developer Ecosystem: 2018 Predictions / UK and Ireland Q4"), Java is actually seeing a surge of interest there.
The report, which focuses on trends in the developer ecosystem in the UK and Ireland, relied on data from visitors to the popular programming community hub. "Each month, 50 million people use our platform to learn, share, and build their careers," the report's authors stated.
This is the fourth publication in a series of reports Stack Overflow has released this year. Previous editions have focused on the dominance of the London developer community. The latest report takes a closer look at other cities, including Dublin (nearly 63,000 developers), Birmingham and Solihull (40,000+ developers), Greater Manchester (nearly 40,000 developers), and Edinburgh (nearly 20,000 developers), among others.
Edinburgh has seen significant growth as a tech hub, the report's authors found, "and is home to world-class tech talent and leading tech companies," including Skyscanner, Nucleus Financial, and BskyB. Since the Q2 report, the local developer communities have seen significant increase in iOS developers (9 percent), and a huge jump in data scientists (19 percent). That rise could be due to Edinburgh's increased focus on "the data revolution." The Data Lab, the Edinburgh-based innovation center, was set up to help the Scottish industry capitalize on data science.
All of the Stack Overflow ecosystem reports are available free downloads.
John K. Waters is the editor in chief of a number of Converge360.com sites, with a focus on high-end development, AI and future tech. He's been writing about cutting-edge technologies and culture of Silicon Valley for more than two decades, and he's written more than a dozen books. He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, which aired on PBS. He can be reached at [email protected].