JavaScript Tops List of Most Commonly Used Programming Languages

The recent Stack Overflow Developer Survey finds many relative newcomers in the world of software development, with more than 50 percent of respondents “indicating they have been coding for less than a decade, and more than 35 percent reporting less than five years in the trade.”

The survey also reports on how respondents learned their skills. “It is no surprise,” the survey states, “that almost 60% of respondents learned how to code from online resources. Younger respondents tend to learn from online courses, forums, and other online resources. Older respondents, on the other hand, learned from more traditional mediums like school and books.”

Additionally, these respondents began learning how to code relatively early, with more than 50 percent of respondents saying they “wrote their first line of code between the ages of 11 to 17.”

In terms of most commonly used languages, the survey notes that JavaScript tops the list for the ninth year in a row. Overall, the top five languages are:

  • JavaScript — Used by 65% of respondents
  • HTML/CSS — 56%
  • Python — 48%
  • SQL — 47%
  • Java — 35%

However, in terms of most loved languages, the view is somewhat different, with Rust topping that list. According to the survey, the top five most loved languages are:

  • Rust — 87%
  • Clojure — 81%
  • TypeScript — 73%
  • Elixir — 72%
  • Julia — 70%