GitHub’s Annual Developer Survey Finds Remote Developers Aren’t Returning to the Office

GitHub's annual report on its user community "combined telemetry data from over four million repositories with direct survey from over 12,000 developers to identify current trends among software development companies and open-source projects," reports InfoQ. ZDNet notes the data shows that remote developers "aren't planning to go back to the office." Before the pandemic, only 41% of developers worked at an office either full-time or part-time, but of the 12,000 surveyed in GitHub's 2021 State of the Octoverse report, just 10.7% expect to go back to the office after the pandemic ends... Pre-pandemic, 28.1% of developers had hybrid arrangements but after the pandemic, 47.8% expect some hybrid arrangements. Before the pandemic, 26.5% worked in places where all workers were remote. Now, 38.8% expect to be fully remote. ZDNet also highlighted some other general statistics: GitHub says it now has 73 million developer users and that it gained 16 million new users in 2021. Users created 61 million new repositories and there were 170 million pull requests that got merged into projects... One of the biggest projects on GitHub is the container software Docker, which has a whopping 632,000 contributors from 215 countries and consists of 49,593 packages. That's more than a magnitude larger than the estimated number of Linux contributors — and implies that for every 117 developers now on GitHub, there was one who contributed to Docker. Meanwhile, 2021's most popular language rankings for GitHub are the same as 2020, with one exception: Shell has risen one position to become the 8th most popular language, edging out C (which now ranks as the 9th most popular language). And InfoQ summarized some other interesting statistics from GitHub's report: Good, reliable, and up-to-date documentation can boost productivity by 50%. Documentation is often under-invested. The number of pull requests merged within the workday goes down by 17% with each additional reviewer.

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