Developers are still hesitant to direct their skills towards blockchain. They prefer the Internet of Things and deep learning, according to HackerRank.
From the perspective of concrete applications of disruptive technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT) and deep learning are ahead of the blockchain for developers. This is one of the lessons of a new report published by HackerRank.
71,281 developers worldwide responded to the survey promoted by the programmer skills assessment platform.
According to this report, the IoT would be the advanced technology most adopted by developers by 2020. Thus, 82% of the developers questioned consider this prospect to be “very realistic” (53%) or “fairly realistic” (29%).
“The growing IoT connectivity of homes, cars and cities shows that this technology is most likely to have real-world applications by 2020,” the report’s authors pointed out. Deep learning comes next. In addition, 50% of respondents consider the prospect to be very realistic. A third consider it to be quite realistic.
“The deployment of deep learning extends from voice recognition applications to other fields, from healthcare to the automotive industry. Which might explain why developers see it as ‘realistic’ technology, ”added HackerRank.
For the platform, developers therefore have an interest in upgrading their skills in these areas. On the other hand, they hesitate to invest heavily in the blockchain.
Blockchain, to invest or not?
If we consider the rate of developers judging the option to be very realistic, blockchain is not in the top 5 disruptive technologies to adopt by 2020. Decentralized transaction management technology is even overtaken by the Cloud engine. ML (41.4% of ‘very realistic’), computer vision (37.6%), augmented and virtual realities (33.6%).
However, the blockchain is ahead of quantum computing (17.2%). In addition, more than 50% believe that the deployment over the next 24 months of concrete blockchain applications is a prospect “quite realistic” (27.5%), or even “very realistic” (23%). On the other hand, 27% think that it is “exaggerated” (19.7%) or “unrealistic” (7.1%).
The remaining 22% “are not sure” of the choice. However, according to another platform (Hired), the demand for technical profiles associated with the blockchain is increasing significantly.
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