GitLab’s latest global developer survey revealed a shift in developer work. Major findings from the survey, which addressed responses from 362 startup and enterprise CTOs, developers, and DevOps professionals, found that the latest development tools are a top priority for developers.
According to the survey, 80% of developers want to work with the latest tools, and 36% even said that they would reject a job if they didn’t get to work with new technologies, platforms or tools.
“Software development is rapidly changing, and as this survey demonstrates, there is no ‘one tool fits all’ for modern developers as they adapt the way they work,” said Sid Sijbrandij, CEO and cofounder of GitLab. “While process-driven development techniques have been successful in the past, developers are searching for a more natural evolution of software development that fosters collaboration and information sharing across the life cycle of a project.”
When it comes to the latest tools that developers want to work with, the survey found that 92% said that distributed version-control systems are important for everyday work, as well as Continuous Integration (77%) and chat tools (55%).
The complete developer survey can be found here.
Holographic emulation from Unity available
Developers can benefit from a new feature from Unity called holographic emulation, which allows developers to prototype, debug, and iterate on design directly from the Unity Editor. It also helps developers when creating applications for Microsoft HoloLens.
Holographic emulation works in two modes: removing and simulation. Removing allows developers to run applications directly from the Unity Editor after connecting to a holographic device. Simulation allows developers to run applications on a simulated device directly in the Unity Editor.
Developers who want to get started with the holographic emulation will need to have Unity 5.5, which is currently in beta. Developers also need Windows 10 Anniversary update or later to be installed on their machine.
Developers can find more information here.
W3C publishes recommendation of HTML 5.1
The Web Platform Working Group published a recommendation of HTML 5.1, and it defines the first minor revision of HTML.
According to a W3C blog post, “In this version, new features continue to be introduced to help web application authors, new elements continue to be introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention continues to be given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability.”
Some of the sections in this recommendation go into detail about HTML, like how to write secure applications, common pitfalls to avoid when using scripting APIs, and how to catch mistakes when using HTML. One of the sections of the recommendation includes privacy concerns, and W3C wrote that some features of HTML trade user convenience for a measure of user privacy.
The full W3C recommendation of HTML 5.1 can be found here.