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The preponderance of respondents to Stack Overflow's annual developer survey picked Rust as their most "loved language."

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Programmer online community Stack Overflow's 2021 survey of 83,439 software developers in 181 countries found the vast majority (86.69%) named Mozilla's Rust their "most loved" language.

Those respondents cited Rust as the language they worked with the most in the past year, and with which they most want to work with next year.

Rust is popular for systems programming, and is under consideration for Linux kernel development, partly because it can help remove memory-related security flaws.

Though deemed most loved, Rust was nominated to the survey by just 5,044 developers, while 18,711 respondents nominated Microsoft's TypeScript, the third most "loved" language; TypeScript compiles into JavaScript and helps developers more efficiently program large front-end Web applications.

More developers dreaded (66%) than loved (39.56%) the widely-used C language, while Java also had fewer champions (47%) than those opposed dreading its use (52.85%).

From ZDNet
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