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We all love a winner. That’s why we’ve ranked developers’ top programming languages and web frameworks from our massive Skill Up survey. So, what languages do developers still love and use the most? What frameworks rule the roost of modern web development? We took to our data to find out.

The Top Four Programming Languages

What did our respondents say were their top programming languages? We’ve got the choices that have made the most impact in 2016.


Surprising nobody – Python ranks highly in the top four most popular programming languages! From it’s humble origins almost thirty years ago, Python has risen to become the defacto language of the modern age. Whether you’re a data scientist, a games developer, a pentester, a web developer – there’s always a reason to learn Python.

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The language of the web stands as one of the most vital languages to know according to our Skill Up survey. But it’s important for more than just those building websites. As Enterprise and business applications move more and more to becoming browser based web-apps, every developer is going to need to know how to build for the web.

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Skill Up found that Java’s a powerhouse, and an exceptional tool for both app dev and data alike. But what really helps keeps Java relevant is how it’s an essential tool for Android. With more and more necessity to build for mobile, Java is popular with both Enterprise and indie devs alike.

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Proving that there’s nothing quite like a classic, our Skill Up report showed that PHP is still a serious contender in modern programming. Many popular web CRMs such as Drupal still rely heavily on PHP, and powerful web frameworks such as Laravel have ensured it can keep competing with the likes of JavaScript.

The Top Four Web Frameworks

What tools did developers say were the most vital when building for the web? We’ve got the best.


Remember a world before AngularJS, back when Backbone and Knockout still had a stake in the world of JS frameworks? The days of a dozen JS frameworks are gone, and it’s all thanks to Angular. Since the bursting of the ‘framework bubble’, there’s been one clear victor that’s changed the way we think about JavaScript Frameworks. Angular’s been such a revolution that’s it’s even overturned itself, with the all new Angular 2 not being afraid of abandoning backwards compatibility in favor of being a better product. Our Skill Up respondents love Angular – whatever its form.


If there’s any real contender to challenge Angular, its React. React has stormed onto the stage in 2015 and 2016, and quickly established itself as one of the most beloved and most useful web frameworks being used today. Favored by many for its JavaScipt-centric approach, React is unique in its simplicity.


When you need to build for your backend, NodeJS remains the go-to for developers. Exceptional for building fast and scalable backends, Node is popular for the ease with which it lets you create big apps with JS. Whilst we’ve seen some of the MEAN Stack being outpaced in 2016, Node is still one of the top four web tools being used today.


Wait, Docker? We know it’s not a framework, but we were amazed by the numbers of developers who said it had become vital to their process. A real game-changer to virtualization, Docker has lead the containers revolution that has shaken up all of the development world – and the web is no exception. 


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