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Thursday, 18 November 2021 22:01

GitHub state of the Octoverse report shows how to help developers be efficient and productive

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GitHub has released its annual state of the Octoverse report which addresses the question of what really helps developers be efficient and productive, as well as giving other insights.

GitHub is the world's leading open-source software development repository, giving it a unique place for observing massive trends across software projects - some four million repositories and 12,000 developers included in the research.

Australian users on GitHub grew in 2021: 22.5% year on year growth for total users and 21.3% year on year growth for total active students.

The full report is available online, but key productivity findings from across the globe include:

  • only about 11% of respondents expect to go back to working collocated, a 30% drop from 41% working in an office before. As a result, GitHub sees hybrid and remote work gaining traction as the expected way of working
  • developers gain an 11% productivity bump simply by having a team repo that is easy to search
  • automation allows teams to perform 27% better in open source and 43% better at work, and developers report higher fulfilment with automation
  • too many contributors increases coordination costs and slows work down. For example, open-source repositories with an average of 30 contributors close their pull requests in a day-or-less while those with an average of 65 contributors take three days or more to close a pull request
  • however, reviewers can boost time to merge. Pull requests with just one reviewer are often merged within an eight-hour workday, and with each additional reviewer, merging it in a day goes down by 17%. Assigning no more than three reviewers in an open-source repo can be a trade-off between quality and speed
  • performance can increase up to 87% when reusing code

In other news, the report reveals JavaScript remains on top as the major programming language, while Python has overtaken Java.

What do you think? Feel free to leave comments below, and of course, check out the full report here.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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