In the spring of 2018, JetBrains polled over 1,500 Java developers worldwide to identify their learning patterns and preferences. We were curious to know the evolving educational trends among developers and set out to gather insight into how people learn Java on their way to becoming professionals.
We hope the survey findings will help us all better understand how people learn Java and answer some critical questions: How do people start to learn programming? Have they ever considered alternatives to Java? What has kept them driven? Which new technologies do developers aspire to learn in their spare time? And how much time do they dedicate to education?
On top of the survey findings, our developers have added their own insights for learners. Ekaterina Tuzova, team lead in JetBrains Educational Tools, advises staying determined: «Software development is an enormous area so the learning process can be tough just because of the sheer amount of information available. Don’t take it too hard on yourself: you will face difficulties because there’s so much to learn; it is not because you’re not smart enough. If you ever consider quitting, do, because you’re no longer interested. Otherwise, believe in yourself and keep going!» Check out all the other tips for beginner Java developers inside the survey results!
Do you have your own tips to learn Java? Share your insights and findings with us on Twitter or other social media mentioning @jetbrains with the #javalearningtopics hashtag. We’re open to any feedback related to this survey so we can run an even better one next time.
Feel free to also send us any comments or specific questions that are unanswered. Or if you want to delve into the data yourself, we’re also sharing the raw survey data, which anyone can use to arrive at their own conclusions and additional findings.
Finally, we would just like to say a massive thank you to all the survey participants and the amazing JetBrains Research team that made this happen!
The first member of JetBrains Academy’s learning experience is Hyperskill, a project-based Java learning platform. For each level of Java knowledge, Hyperskill takes learners through every level of Java comprehension and offers to create small applications built step by step. This combination challenges learners to apply new knowledge to practical solutions and thus get a deeper understanding of programming.
We have resolved a series of security issues in our products in the fourth quarter of 2018. Here’s a report summary with descriptions of each issue and the version in which they were resolved.
In the fall of 2018, the Python Software Foundation together with JetBrains conducted the official annual Python Developers Survey for the second time. Much like the previous survey, we set out to identify the latest trends and gather insight into how the world of Python development looks at the end of 2018. Over twenty thousand developers from more than 150 different countries participated last year to help us map out an accurate, up-to-date landscape of the Python community. That is more than twice as many Python users participating in 2018 as in 2017.
We are super-excited to share the results of the survey with you!
We hope the survey findings will help all of us better understand the current state of the Python developer community, see the big picture, and answer some potential questions. Find out about the most popular types of Python development, trending frameworks, libraries and tools, additional languages used together with Python, adoption rates of different Python versions, and gain many other insights into the world of Python.
We couldn’t include all the potential findings into the report without bloating it. If you have specific questions that are unanswered, send them to us and we’ll dig into the data for an answer. Or if you want to delve into the data yourself, we’re also sharing the raw survey data, which anyone can use to arrive at their own conclusions and additional findings.
We’ll be glad to learn about your findings! Please share them on twitter or other social media mentioning @jetbrains and @ThePSF with the #pythondevsurvey hashtag. We’re also extremely open to any suggestions and feedback related to this survey so we can run an even better one next time. Feel free to open issues here with any comments or questions.
Huge thanks to all the participants of the survey and to the amazing team at PSF and JetBrains that worked hard to make this happen!
TL;DR: the 1.13 update includes support for Android Studio, a new toggle to update all the tools you have installed automatically, a downgrade option, refreshed Settings UI, and bug fixes.
Android Studio support
We are excited to announce the new version of Toolbox App, which comes with an eagerly awaited feature as voted for by you – support for Android Studio! It is now possible to install Android Studio as you would any other IDE from Toolbox App, making it possible to manage the installations with ease and keep up-to-date with all the changes coming from Google. While JetBrains Toolbox App is exclusive to JetBrains Products, we have made an exception with the inclusion of Android Studio, due to not only the very high demand as mentioned previously, but also because of the great collaboration we have with Google, and the sharing of a common platform. We’d like to thank everybody on the Android Studio team at Google for making this possible.
Here are the highlights of the possibilities that come with Android Studio in Toolbox App 1.13:
Go to Android Studio Settings and choose to update to Release or Release and Canary.
Turn on the auto-update option in Android Studio Settings and make sure you are always working with the newest version.
To quickly roll back to the previous version click the Settings icon and push the changes.
When a new version comes out you will see the What’s New link near the installed IDE. Click it to read all about the new features and bug fixes being introduced in the version right inside Toolbox App.
- Open projects in Android Studio right from the Toolbox App Projects tab.
- Pin your favorite project to the top of the list in the project Settings.
1.13 also brings the following features
Refreshed Settings UI. We have changed the UI around a little by moving the Quit Toolbox App button and Back button up to the header on all Settings pages.
“Update all tools automatically” toggle in Toolbox App Settings. From now on you can automatically update all the tools which are installed with a new toggle in the Toolbox App Settings.
Downgrade action. This new feature allows you to re-download the previous version from the tools server. Unlike the roll back feature it doesn’t require a previous build to be stored on your disk.
Package size reduction. We have reduced the size of Toolbox App package by up to 25% depending on the OS, especially for those of you who value free space on your disc.
And of course we fixed some bugs:
- The behavior of generated shell scripts on Windows and macOS is improved: they are now started in background and support opening the current directory in the IDE.
- Adding the projects to favorites is now working from the first click.
- In some cases, duplicate notifications were shown when there was an update available. We’ve fixed that.
For more information please check out the release notes.
We want to thank all our users for their feedback and the positive vibes they shared with us. We read every tweet you write and we are delighted when you share your best wishes mentioning @JBToolbox. (No, really, we rejoice like little children!)
And, we want to thank those evaluators who have helped make the Toolbox App releases in 2018 soft and stable. Special thanks go to the following contributors:
In appreciation of your valuable efforts, we are giving each of you a free 1-year subscription to All Product Pack. You will receive a personal email with details on how to claim your license.
Last year we worked hard to deliver Android Studio in Toolbox App because a lot of you showed us the demand you had for it by voting for this feature. If you have any other requests, please share your ideas with us in the YouTrack issue tracker or on Twitter.
That is about all for now. If you still haven’t tried Toolbox App out yet, what are you waiting for? Download the free Toolbox App and manage your updates with ease!
Your Toolbox App team
At JetBrains, we strive to build tools that make developers more productive. To make our tools more relevant and useful for you, we want to know what is happening in the field of software engineering. This is why we are announcing the start of our third Developer Ecosystem Survey 2019.
If you’re part of the IT industry, please take the survey to share your experiences. The survey should take about 10-15 minutes and is available in 8 languages.
As a token of our appreciation, we will enter you into our prize draw where you’ll have the chance to win an incredible prize of your choice: an iPad Pro, a $250 Amazon certificate, Arduino Robot Kit, or a JetBrains Surprise Gift Pack.
After the survey is over, we will as always share the results and interesting findings, including the anonymized raw data so you can dig deeper and form your own insights.
This is the third dev ecosystem survey that we are conducting at JetBrains. Last year we had more than 15,000 participants from more than 100 countries.
This year’s survey covers even more programming languages and technologies. And yet, any particular respondent will see fewer questions, because we’re now tried to make it as short as possible to everyone.
Invite your friends to take this survey, too! With your help, the study will better reflect our community and the whole world of developers.
The JetBrains Research Team
With over 22 product teams which are each responsible for their own products, we have a lot of creativity coming through to try to make all of our products as helpful as we can for you. Our MPS team has surprised us all this year with their epic shout-out to their community. Check out the MPS Twitter account to see what we are talking about.
It seems that now is a good time too to say our own massive thank you to the community.
We would like to wish every one of our users and the community of developers that we are a part of, a Huge Happy Holidays! We hope that you have a great year ahead to look forward to.
Stay tuned for our yearly State of Developer Ecosystem survey, Annual report, and more great content all coming your way in 2019.
The Drive to Develop
With the 2018.3 release, Educational Products bring more learning opportunities for anyone interested in Kotlin and Python. The updated version also enhances the performance, user interface, and user experience of our IDEs to help learners focus on learning and teachers on teaching.
Data Analysis, Machine Learning, and AI are rapidly growing in popularity and drawing more and more attention in tech news. How does the data science world look today and how is this industry sector evolving? What types of activities are data scientists primarily involved in? What programming languages and tools are in use? To answer these and many other important questions, last spring JetBrains conducted a Data Science Survey collecting responses from over 1,600 data scientists living in the US, Europe, Japan, and China.
We are super-excited to share with you some of our incredible findings, along with the raw survey data which you can use to draw your own conclusions!
Did you know that Python is now the most popular language among data analysts and engineers? How about that most people assume that Python will remain the primary programming language for data science for the next 5 years? Learn more about these and other insights in the survey infographic:
- Data processing, data visualization, and basic statistics are the top three activities that data scientists are involved in.
- Python is the main programming language for data analysis with most users not willing to migrate to other languages.
- Most of the respondents believe that Python will remain top for the next 5 years.
7% of respondents identified as not professional data scientists want to adopt Kotlin in the nearest future.
- Apache Spark, Apache Hadoop, and Apache Hive are the top three big data tools.
- Jupyter Notebook is the top code editing tool for people involved in data science, followed by PyCharm and RStudio.
- Nearly 80% of those using deep learning libraries use TensorFlow.
- 78% of respondents use their local machines to perform computations.
- AWS is the most popular cloud service provider among data scientists.
- 81% of data scientists analyze data for non-IT industries.
- Get more insights from the full report.
We distributed the survey via targeted ads on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. We filtered out those replying “I’m not involved in data analysis” with the first questions. In the US, Japan, and China, we collected 400 complete and valid sets of responses from each country, and we used quotas to get another 400 responses from European countries.
Important Note: Some inevitable bias may be present since the survey was organized and promoted by JetBrains and some JetBrains users might have been more willing to participate.
Want to dig into the raw survey data to draw your own conclusions?
We couldn’t include all the potential findings in the report without it becoming bloated. If you have any specific questions that are unanswered, send them to us and we’ll dig into the data for you for an answer. Or if you want to delve into the data yourself, we’re also sharing the raw survey data, which anyone can use to arrive at their own conclusions and additional findings. PDF version of the infographic is also available if you’d like to print it out or read it as a file.
We hope the survey findings will help all of us better understand the current state of the Data Science community, see the big picture, and get answers to some of our burning questions. We’d be very interested to learn about your findings! Please share them on Twitter or other social media, mentioning @jetbrains with the #datasciencesurvey hashtag. We’re also extremely open to any suggestions and feedback related to this survey so we can run an even better one next time.
Finally, we would like to just say a huge thanks to the participants of the survey!
The Drive to Develop