JetBrains has evolved a lot during their 15 years of existence to provide the most effective set of tools for developers to cater demands of every. If anything, this testifies their dedication towards refining and improving the developer ecosystem.
It comes as no coincidence that JetBrains possess a trusted customer base of over 6 million users and has a dedicatedcontinuously working towards their mission: helping developers to work faster by automating common and repetitive tasks to enable to stay focused on code.
A survey recently done by JetBrains collected information from over 7000 developers to properly identify theof the developer ecosystem. It was a comprehensive survey covering every aspect to gather about all popular , to identify the types of applications developed the most, what is the primary or the most used one for each one, and much more.
Java is still the winner thanks to Kotlin
This survey proved thatand Python are the most loved amongst developers. The love for Python is mostly due to its ease of use for and data science calculations. It is barely being threatened by any other at the moment.
On the other hand,has been the predominant for some time now. Even though was seriously hit by ’s popularity, there was one invention that kept all developers from leaving it. That is Kotlin, ‘s new -specific for Android development. According to the , 92% of Kotlin developers used before, but about 86% of them still continue to use .
Most mobile developers still use native frameworks
Two-thirds of mobile developers use native tools to develop for mobile environments. Every other developer uses cross-platform technologies or frameworks. Two-thirds is quite a large amount, much higher than one could expect when compared with the number of average apps developed today.
The survey also indicates that the majority ofdevelopers use Kotlin for new : 71% use it for their profession, while 69% for their personal . This suggests that Kotlin is popular for both big and small . What is more relevant is that current Kotlin users have at some point migrated their existing to it.
React for cross-platform development
It is commonly known thatwas developed by to build . So it is not an MVC framework by definition. The main motivation behind , according to their inventors, was to encourage developers to create reusable UI components which present that varies and changes over time. Traditional frameworks created UI interfaces using templates while does not, breaking user interfaces into components instead. This means uses a real, full-featured to render.
React has reached tremendous popularity thanks to a few reasons.
- Unlike most other UI building technologies such as , is based on a powerful , , which allows abstractions to be built – very useful when building large applications;
- It unifies markups with logic, making views easier to maintain and extend;
- There is no manual string concatenation which eliminates any risk of XSS attacks.
That is why it did not take too long to React Native to be released, introducing a new way to build apps. Even if it is only 3 years old, React Native has already been adopted by almost 8% of all Java developers. That’s quite a lot!
Native vs cross-platform: a Pandora’s Box
The decision to use a cross-platform technology or a native technology comes down to one factor, in the end.. Native apps utilize the platform’s resources to its fullest, creating faster, responsive and less likely to crash apps. Cross-platform apps usually get a lot of complaints about their , but they are incredibly easier to build.
Supposing that an app supports both Android and iOS with one single development effort, then creating a native app takes twice as much time. So, ifdoes not play a big part in an app, going would save a lot of time and money.
Why not combine both?
This is not another dull article written to promote cross-platform vs native debate, which can be found all over the. We want to bring you something new. We want to show you the possibility of integrating two of the most exciting technologies; Kotlin and React.
Actually, Kotlin seems to love Listen to him for yourself.! One of our speakers from , Davide Cerbo, had a talk about this relationship just last year. No spoilers here!