The results of the current Rust Survey 2022 show an increase in Rust use in the workplace. In the survey, over 9000 developers provide insights into their use of the programming language and their reasons for doing so. However, they also address difficulties and concerns that Rust’s complexity could increase too much.
In December 2022, the Rust Survey sounded out the community for the sixth time. The Rust Survey Working Group, in partnership with the Rust Foundation, made the international survey available in 11 languages and received responses primarily from the United States (25 percent), Germany (12 percent), and China (7 percent).
Security features and joyful programming
According to the survey, 30 percent of those surveyed do most of their programming at work with Rust. Last year, this value was still 23 percent. The reasons for this range from writing “bug-free software” (86%) to the performance characteristics of Rust (84%) to the security guarantees of the programming language (69%).
76 percent rely on Rust because they simply enjoy programming with it. Other developer surveys also show the popularity of Rust. For example, it was named the most popular programming language in this year’s Stack Overflow poll for the eighth time.
Reasons for using Rust in the workplace in the 2022 Rust Survey.
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60 percent state that using Rust in a professional environment was worth the cost of the application. However, the experiences are not entirely positive, because 39 percent find Rust to be “challenging” in the professional environment and, according to nine percent, the language has “slowed down the team”.
Worry about increasing complexity
The makers of the Rust survey deliberately place a focus on learning challenges and concerns related to the programming language.
According to this, 38 percent of the survey participants fear that Rust could become too complex. 26 percent have concerns that the developers and maintainers behind Rust receive too little support – which is four percentage points less than in the previous year. On the other hand, 34 percent of respondents have no concerns about the future of the programming language.
While more than 90 percent of the participants state that they are Rust users, there are also people who do not use Rust or are former Rust developers among the respondents. The main reason for giving up the programming language is given by 30 percent that it is too difficult. Almost half have had to stop using Rust due to external circumstances.
These and other findings of the study can be read in the Rust blog.
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