06Jun

Python’s not feeling as much love as it used to. But Rust is loved more.

In the US, 58% of developers are full-stack. 14% identify as DevOps specialists, an envious role as they and site reliability engineers are among the highest-paid individual contributors. No wonder then that 48% of IT professionals believe DevOps is an extremely important job.

These are just a sampler of how some 64,000 respondents – mostly professional developers, but also including students, marketers, hobbyists and a smattering of others — from 186 countries responded to Stack Overflow’s annual Developer Survey. The US sample accounted for almost one-in-five responses, followed by India at 13% of the total.

Of all the programing languages developers work with, 86% say they love Rust best. Python, a perennial 2nd place love, was displaced this year by Typescript, loved by 67%. Still, 30% of developers who don’t work with Python want to learn it. Half that many want to learn Rust.

As might be expected, men accounted for 92% of professionals. In the US, 12% identified as women or non-binary. 71% were white and three-quarters have at least a bachelor’s degree.

At the time the survey was conducted in February, before COVID-19 concerns closed businesses, 83% of the survey’s worldwide professional developers were employed full-time. One-in-ten was a contractor, freelancer or self-employed. In the US, only 6% of the respondents described themselves as freelancers, contractors or self-employed; 79% were full-timers.

By far, most work for smaller companies. Of all respondents in the survey, 60% said they work for a company with fewer than 500 employees. Only 14% work for a company bigger than 10,000 employees.

63% of respondents are satisfied with their job; only 17% globally are actively looking for a new job. Fewer (14%) in the US are looking. However, a majority say that though they’re not actively looking, they’re open to being approached with new opportunities.

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World’s Most Popular Software Hacked in 5 Minutes

Here’s news guaranteed to keep a CTO up at night: Chinese hackers successfully launched new exploits against some of the most widely used programs in the world.

And it took them 5 minutes or less to do it.

Fortunately, the successful hackers were part of the 15 teams competing in this year’s Tianfu Cup — China’s largest and most prestigious hacking competition. Using new, never before seen exploits, they were able to successfully hack the web browsers Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

They were also successful against Windows 10, Ubuntu, iOS 14 running on an iPhone 11 Pro, Docker (Community Edition), VMWare EXSi (hypervisor), QEMU (emulator & virtualizer), TP-Link and ASUS router firmware. And Adobe Reader.

Each team got three, 5 minute tries to successfully hack their target with an original exploit.

“Many mature and hard targets have been pwned (compromised) on this year’s contest,” organizers said last week, announcing the results of the competition. The winning team from Chinese tech giant Qihoo 360 earned $744,500, with the balance of the $1.21 million prize spread among 7 other teams.

The software providers were informed of the exploits. ZDNet says patches for all the bugs will be provided in the coming days and weeks, “as it usually happens after every TianfuCup and Pwn2Own (the west’s version).”

Pointing out that teams were able to hack so many widely used programs and applications, Tech Times commented, “The Chinese hacking competition shows powerful and new hacking systems that are never before seen by the technology security industry. The talented computer youngsters showcased how easily and rapidly they hacked into the world’s popular operating systems.”

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