Go Developer Survey Results Released
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Tuesday, 28 April 2020

The results of the latest survey of Go developers has been released, with cloud-based development rising along with adoption in sectors outside tech.

The survey, which has been running since 2016, had 10,975 responses in the latest 2019 survey, nearly twice as many as the previous year.

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As in previous years, a majority of respondents use Go every day, and this number has been going up each year. Of course, the fact that people responding to a survey on Go are those who use it frequently is hardly a major revelation, but the increased percentage of daily users may point to actual increasing use.

Cloud-based use of Go rose again, with developers reporting increased use of public cloud providers (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure), and a fall in the use of self-owned or company-owned servers. 

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In terms of which editor being used to write Go, VSCode and GoLand now account for three out of four respondents to the survey. GoLand has increased by ten percent from 24 to 34 percent.  VS Code is also increasing in popularity, with 41 percent of respondents using it, compared to39 percent last year. Use of all the other editors fell slightly.

Go is still mainly used in technology companies, but its use is rising in some other sectors such as finance and media. No matter what type of company the programmers are working at, the problems it is being used for tend to be similar - particularly building API/RPC services and CLIs.

In terms of the sort of Go being written, the survey showed that nearly everyone is now using modules, but "some confusion around package management remains". You can check out the full survey results here.

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Go Developer Survey 2019 Results

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