Report: Videos and blogs are the dominant way young coders learn

by Jeremy

Online resources are increasingly becoming the way that new developers learn. Stack Overflow’s 2021 Developer Survey indicated that for coders under 18, videos and blogs are more popular than books and school combined. 

The development profession is full of new developers. Over 50% of respondents indicated that they have been coding for less than ten years, and more than 35% have been coding for less than five years.  

Coders are also starting younger. The most popular age range for writing their first line of code was 11 to 17, with 53% of responses. Fourteen percent of respondents reported their first line of code between the ages of 5 and 10, and 24% wrote their first line between 18 and 24 years old.  

Stack Overflow 2021 Developer Survey cover

The survey also indicated that the pandemic had influenced work status for many developers, and a more significant percentage of respondents now work part-time or are in school. The rate of full-time developers has decreased in the past year. 

“This may reflect the effects of the pandemic, which saw workers from all industries stepping back and reevaluating their relationship to a five-day work week and in-person employment,” Stack Overflow wrote in a blog post explaining the results of the reportJavaScript remained the most commonly used programming language for the ninth year in a row. This year Python surpassed SQL to become the third most popular language.

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