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Report: Mac Developers Prefer VS Code Over Xcode

Tower, known for its Git client, recently surveyed more than 4,000 Mac developers to ask them questions about their favorite technologies, programming languages, and development tools. While much of the investigation report may not be of primary interest to Visual Studio Magazine For readers who are traditionally Windows-centric, a perhaps surprising finding is that Microsoft’s cross-platform, open-source Visual Studio Code is the preferred text editor, beating Apple’s own Xcode.

In fact, around 57% (percentages are rounded) of respondents said they used VS Code, followed by Xcode (34%), Sublime Text (15%), IntelliJ (13%), PhpStorm (9%) and Nova ( 5%) percent).

Or maybe it’s not so surprising, as Tower said: “With a lot of Swift developers in our community, it’s no surprise that Xcode is so popular. Likewise, the dominance of Visual Studio Code was to be expected. Rather remarkable, however, that the publisher of Panic’s Nova has gathered quite a few friends, given that it is still very new. ”

Text editors
[Click on image for larger view.] Text editors (source: Tour).

Perhaps Tower deemed this finding “to be expected” due to the fact that the super popular code editor ranked well in other polls, like this one for Rust and this one for open source and this one for GitHub.

Coincidentally, the tower site highlights this blog post from earlier this month: VS Code – The story and technology behind one of the world’s most popular desktop apps for developers. Written by a member of the VS Code development team, the post read: “VS Code was originally written with a mix of JavaScript and TypeScript, but we quickly adopted TypeScript for all of our code and we We’re immediately attached to its support for improved tools like static type checking and refactoring. There is also a bit of native code involved for some of our Node.js modules that we maintain. Using Electron as an application framework, we can send VS code to macOS, Linux, and Windows, including support for ARM-based applications. fries.”

Otherwise there wasn’t much in the report – Mac Developer Survey 2021 – relevant to the Microsoft development ecosystem. Microsoft’s TypeScript beat Apple’s Objective-C for sixth place in the ranking of programming languages, which was dominated by JavaScript, with Swift – Apple’s replacement for Objective-C – at No. 2.

Most used programming languages
[Click on image for larger view.] Programming languages (source: Tour).

Other highlights of the survey, conducted between March and April, include:

  • “What languages ​​would you like to learn? “- Swift (29%), Go (23%) and Rust (23%)
  • “Do you regularly contribute to open source? »- Occasionally (55%), Never (37%)
  • “What type of development do you mainly do? »- Web Full-Stack (26%), Mobile (25%) and Web Frontend (17%)
  • “Do you write unit tests for your code? “- Occasionally (43%), No (30%) and It is an essential part of my job (27%)
  • “What code hosting platform are you using? “- GitHub (76%), Bitbucket (21%) and GitLab.com (13%)
  • “What tools do you use to track bugs and issues? “- Jira (48%), GitHub Issues (36%) and None / text files / emails (15%)
  • “What kind of sources do you prefer to learn from? »- Blog posts / articles (70%), online courses (61%) and books (48%)

The post does not explain the methodology behind the survey, which reportedly interviewed 4,072 participants from more than 90 countries.

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David Ramel is editor and writer for Converge360.


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