Software development is a competitive and fast-paced industry in which new tools and technologies emerge all the time. Developers are always looking for a better, faster, and more secure way to build web and mobile apps, or the latest tech that will disrupt or transform yet another industry. One way to feel out the next trends in the industry is to ask the developers themselves—what they are working on, what tools they use, and what they want to learn.

The newly released SlashData’s 2022 State of the Developer Nation by Slashdata does just that. The survey of over 20,000 programmers reveals the following about the hottest topics in software development right now.


Thirty-four percent of participants reported that they were actively learning about cryptocurrencies, with almost half of these currently involved in crypto-related projects. Despite the famously volatile market, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are seeing increased adoption, and new projects continue to emerge.


Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, recently became a huge money-making phenomenon in the form of digital art and collectibles. Almost a third of coders are interested in developing their NFT expertise, with 11% actively working on NFT projects.


Blockchain is the basis of the previously mentioned technologies but is much more than just digital assets. Blockchain has applications in security, fintech, supply chain, medicine, and more. Around 30% of developers are learning about blockchain, with 11% actively engaged in blockchain activity.

Metaverse and AI

Twenty-eight percent of programmers surveyed are learning about the metaverse and AI. Both are emerging technologies that have wide applications and backing from the tech giants, such as Meta and Google.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Rust (the coding language) almost tripled its userbase over the last two years thanks to its popularity in AR/VR development. These technologies demand performance and stability, which Rust is suited to.

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AI Optimization Disruptive Researcher – Chief Development Officer and CoFounder at AccelOne – Blockchain Certified Developer – Autonomous Cars Engineer – Industrial Engineer – McLaren Fan

My Tech journey started 38 years ago with a Yamaha CX5M Computer / Synth, and since then, I have had a nonstop career adding experiences in several industries and technologies. I am an AI researcher and Ph.D. student and the Chief Development Officer of AccelOne. I lead a team of passionate talent in software engineering services, which are delivered from LA to the US. I have a strong technical background with more than three decades of experience in complex project and team management in various areas, including product design and development in Entertainment, eCommerce, Retail, Logistics, Business Intelligence, and Financial Services. I was CTO of Axigma Technologies, managing mobile business and consumer development projects for brands, including The Marketing Store and C9W. I founded the computer training institute IEC, which provided training services in several different programming languages and design and animation tools. In 2005 I founded Routeck, a development software company devoted to special projects (such as open-source firmware programming), credit card reconciliation, and specific products for retail. I was Development Manager at Infinite Corporation, managing their iSeries and Web products, a former Senior Software Engineer at COTO, and a Senior Web Applications Engineer at HSBC.