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SlashData's latest report aimed to take the pulse of developer sentiment amid changing workforce dynamics and a tech-hiring market in flux.

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SlashData's 21st State of the Developer Nation Report listed JavaScript as the most popular programming language in the third quarter, used by over 16.4 million developers worldwide.

JavaScript's continued popularity in Web and backend applications supported its ongoing dominance, while 2.5 million-plus developers joined the JavaScript community in the past six months.

The SlashData survey ranked Python a distant second with approximately 11.3 million users, mainly within data science, machine learning (ML), and Internet of Things (IoT) apps.

C/C++, PHP, and C# rounded out the top five, with PHP gaining 1 million developers between the first and third quarters.

SlashData found increased developer participation in 5G projects, especially those involving IoT, augmented reality/virtual reality, consumer electronics, and ML/artificial intelligence.

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