74 percent of developers are not using AI or ML tools: Report

71 percent of developers responded that their day-to-day work was not impacted by any spectre or meltdown.

DigitalOcean May 14th 2018

DigitalOcean, the cloud services platform designed for developers brings out key developer cloud trends through its quarterly Currents report. DigitalOcean surveyed nearly 6,000 developers from all around the world (including India) about themselves, the tools they use, and the challenges they face.

The report observes various technologies and tools that developers and their teams are interested in that helps them achieve their goals.

Prabhakar Jayakumar, country director, DigitalOcean India says, “Trends in the developer community move quickly. As a developer-focused company, it's vital for us to keep up with the technologies and tools that developers and their teams are interested in, so we can help them achieve their goals. Currents is a quarterly report on developer cloud trends that we create to share our knowledge with the broader community. It gives us an opportunity to learn more about developers, the tools they use, and the challenges they face. 

The report shows that globally:

  • Despite the wide reach and intense media coverage of the vulnerabilities, 71 percent of developers responded that their day-to-day work was not impacted by any spectre or meltdown
  • Developers in the United States are strongly opposed to the repeal of net neutrality with 83 percent saying they believe the FCC made the wrong decision. This is in line with the 83 percent of U.S. voters who said the same in a December poll, highlighting the overwhelming public opposition to the repeal.
  • Though the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is slated to go into effect at the end of May, developers and companies are still confused about whom the regulation will affect. 34 percent of all respondents are unsure if their company is preparing for the legislation, and this holds true regardless of company size.
  • Continuous delivery (CD) is used less than continuous integration across all company sizes. Only 45 percent of respondents reported using CD compared to 58 percent using CI. Among those who are not yet using a CI or CD solution, 43 percent indicated that they plan to use CI or CD, while 26 percent do not believe CI or CD would be useful for their workflow.
  • Of those who use CI or CD, 52 percent reported that the largest benefit is faster code review and deployment. Meanwhile, 22 percent reported that using CI or CD with a versioned repository helps their team work better together.
  • 68 percent of companies, with more than 1,000 employees, use continuous integration. Of all industries, financial services companies are most likely to be using CI, at 72 percent, while non-profits are least likely, at 39 percent.

The report noticed the following key trends among Indian developers:

  • When asked about the advancements in AI and ML that developers are most excited about in 2018, automated machine learning (41.7 percent), Sentiment analysis/natural language processing (24 percent) and Deep learning models (25.8 percent) were the top 3 picks by the respondents.
  • Highlighting the biggest advantage of open source, 43.5 percent credited open source for an increased sense of community among developers, 33.2 percent said it  improved code quality, 14.7 percent said it enables faster delivery of software and 8 percent said it increased security of their software.