Mac developers prefer VS Code over Xcode – Visual Studio Magazine
Report: Mac developers prefer VS Code over Xcode
Tower, known for its Git client, recently surveyed over 4,000 developers using Macs to ask questions about things like their favorite technology, programming languages, and development tools. Although much of the investigation report may not be of major interest to Visual Studio Magazine readers that are traditionally Windows-centric, a perhaps surprising finding is that open-source, cross-platform 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 that 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 Panic’s editor Nova has gathered quite a few friends, considering it to be still very new. ”
Perhaps Tower found this finding “predictable” due to the fact that the hugely popular Code Editor ranked very well in other surveys, like this one for Rust and this one for the open source and this one for GitHub.
Other highlights of the survey, conducted in the March / April period, include:
- “What languages would you like to learn?” – Swift (29%), Go (23%) and Rust (23%)
- “Do you regularly contribute to open source?” – Occasionally (55 percent), never (37 percent)
- “What type of development do you do most often?” – Web Full-Stack (26%), Mobile (25%) and Web Frontend (17%)
- “Do you write unit tests for your code?” – Occasionally (43 percent), no (30 percent) and this is an essential part of my job (27 percent)
- “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 percent), GitHub issues (36 percent) and None / text files / emails (15 percent)
- “What kind of sources do you prefer to learn from?” – Blog posts / articles (70 percent), online courses (61 percent) and books (48 percent)
The post does not explain the methodology behind the survey, which reportedly polled 4,072 participants from more than 90 countries.