For coders younger than 18 years of age, online resources like videos and blogs are more important for learning the craft than books and school combined, according to the Stack Overflow 2021 Developer Survey.
Nearly 60% of survey respondents learned coding from online resources. Despite the clear preference for learning online, nearly 54 percent also cited school as a learning resource.
The survey also found that the number of software developers is growing by leaps and bounds. A full 50% of respondents said they had been programming for 10 years or less, and more than 50% said they had written their first line of code between the ages of 11 and 17. The vast majority of respondents—92% of professional developers and 91% overall—identify as a man.
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