The State of JavaScript 2018 Survey is Now Open

The annual State of JavaScript 2018 Survey is in its third year running and is now open for participants. Sacha Greif, an Osaka-based web designer and developer, said he created the survey to get more data about recent trends after hearing all the online discussion about “JavaScript fatigue.”

Last year’s survey had more than 20,000 participants, a 115% increase over the previous year’s 9,300 responses. In the popular front-end frameworks category, React won out again as the framework with the greatest number of respondents indicating that they had used it and would use it again.

The 2017 survey participants were asked to rate their happiness with the current state of front-end tools on a scale of 1-5. The results averaged a 3.8, so there is room in the front-end tools category for things to shift quite a bit over a year.

The salary ranges data is particularly useful for job seekers or those new to JavaScript who are trying to decide what libraries to learn. Backbone and Ember commanded the highest salaries for participants, with Vue and Angular 2 coming in at the lower end.

Check out the full 2017 results for more data on participants’ opinions on state management tools, back-end frameworks, build tools, and more.

“The main change this year is that we added some extra logic to the survey: if you mention having used a given library, we’ll ask a follow-up question to find out what you like (or disliked) about it,” Greif said in announcing the 2018 survey. “We’re hoping that this helps us get more granular data about why some technologies are popular.”

The 2018 survey has also dropped the CSS libraries category this year, in favor of keeping it from getting too long. Greif hinted that CSS may get its own survey one day, but that section will no longer by included in the JavaScript survey.

Greif is aiming to publish the results by mid-November and will also give a preview at the Dot JS conference in Paris on November 9th. Your participation in the 2018 survey will help it to more accurately present the trends in the JavaScript ecosystem and help other developers see which tools have the highest satisfaction ratings and best salaries. Visit stateofjs.com to take the survey now.