If you’re a software developer, you know it’s crucial to find an online community where you can learn new techniques, study other people’s code, and grow. Sometimes these communities are company-run developer portals, which may include forums and comment threads where you can ask questions; in other cases, you may find a community in a code repository or a forum designed for developer questions and answers.
Where are the biggest developer communities? SlashData recently conducted a study of these communities, using research data from its own surveys as well as third-party research and vendor statements. Here is a list of some of the absolute greatest:
If you’ve spent any time in the world of software development, GitHub’s placement at the top of this list probably won’t come as a shock. Several million technologists rely on GitHub to store and retrieve code for all kinds of uses. That Apple takes second place on this list (with 28 million) is perhaps unsurprising either, given how many developers work with (and have to talk about) iOS, macOS, and other platforms. Apple-related forms.
Stack Overflow remains an incredibly popular place for developers to ask all sorts of questions about software, despite some longstanding toxic culture controversies. For those just starting their software development journey, Stack Overflow can make it easy to find the feedback you need on a particularly tricky coding question. once you gain more experience, you may find yourself gravitating to smaller, more specialized forums (such as specific subreddits on Reddit).
In addition to these giant communities, it’s also important to engage with tech-savvy mentors, colleagues, and friends whenever you have a developer question or just need some moral support. If you participate in any e-learning program, your instructor can probably guide you to specialized groups where you can deepen your training. No matter what types of communities you choose to participate in, remember to stay positive and curious; sometimes you may come across a troll or someone rude, but the majority of people who participate in these kinds of groups want to help.