Which programming languages have the largest developer communities behind them? As you might expect, ultra-popular languages such as Python and Java can boast a user base of millions—but some lesser-known languages also have surprisingly massive audiences.
SlashData’s annual State of the Developer Nation provides a handy breakdown of how many software developers actively use a particular programming language. SlashData derives these numbers from its own independent estimate of the global developer community (which it places at 31.1 million), plus a series of “large-scale, low-bias” surveys that it conducts every six months. Here are the results of that work:
Python, Java, and other languages have likewise enjoyed steady growth. Rust is the fastest-growing language on SlashData’s list, having tripled in size over the past 24 months. “Rust has formed a very strong community of developers who care about performance, memory safety, and security,” the report added. “As a result, it is mostly used in IoT software projects but also in AR/VR development, most commonly for implementing the low-level core logic of AR/VR applications.”