Developers' Top Pain Points in Open Source Runtimes
December 03, 2018

Bart Copeland
ActiveState

ActiveState surveyed developers and programmers in 92 countries to better understand their pain points and assess how businesses can better work with their organizations. The survey results establish a starting point for understanding the challenges that coders (developers, engineers, data scientists, QA and so on) confront when working with open source runtimes.

Blocks to Productivity

One fact the survey highlighted is that developers need to streamline their workflow in order to increase productivity. Developers and programmers spend only two to four hours of their day programming, on average. Productivity is disrupted due to time spent managing other issues such as polyglot environments and retrofitting. Enterprises are lacking resources that developers need to streamline their workflow.

The survey confirmed that security, defined here as being up to date with the latest or most secure version of packages used, is suffering. Management is unable to assess risks due to lack of visibility. For instance, 61 percent of respondents found it difficult or very difficult to get information about package quality – security, activity or updates.

Production code isn't being tracked, creating a gap in vulnerability assessment. This creates additional issues in security as there is lack of visibility of where code is specifically running that requires updates or patches. Consequently, half of developers surveyed expressed a deep concern about security.

In addition, new tool adoption turns out to be more cumbersome than helpful. In fact, developers already spend 74 % of their time managing dependencies and development tools. A whopping 67 % – more than two-thirds – opted out of implementing a new programming language due to the hassle of incorporating a new programming language. Not surprisingly, adding or incorporating a programming language into an organization was rated the most difficult challenge, by a significant margin; 56% of all respondents rated this as difficult or very difficult.

Bridging the Developer-Enterprise Gap

The above survey data is an invaluable tool to measure and track progress towards solving open source runtime pains that developers are experiencing. In order to relieve developers of these pains and better enable quicker release updates, we need to look at a top-down and bottom-up approach. The gap between the developer and the enterprise needs to be bridged through clear communication of needs.

One approach is to have a "bill of materials" of all the packages running in production as well as the applications and their respective dependencies of where the code is running.

Another approach is to facilitate the developer implementing what's required from a license and security perspective. Solving developers' problem spots will increase their productivity and their job satisfaction, benefiting developers and their organizations alike.

Bart Copeland is CEO and President of ActiveState
Share this

Industry News

June 01, 2020

IT Revolution announced a full conference agenda for DevOps Enterprise Summit London, June 23-25, 2020.

June 01, 2020

Caltech CTME announced that Simplilearn, a global provider of digital skills training, will collaborate with CTME (Caltech's Center for Technology and Management Education) to offer a specialized Post Graduate Program in DevOps software engineering.

June 01, 2020

DevOps Institute, a global member-based association for advancing the human elements of DevOps, announced the introduction of its SKILup Playbook Library, a dynamic collective body of knowledge (cBok) that aligns thought leadership from industry experts with a set of dynamic, orchestrated artifacts, research and assets.

May 28, 2020

Docker has extended its strategic collaboration with Microsoft to simplify code to cloud application development for developers and development teams by more closely integrating with Azure Container Instances (ACI).

May 28, 2020

Eggplant announced updates to its Digital Automation Intelligence (DAI) platform.

May 28, 2020

Aptum launched its Managed DevOps Service in partnership with CloudOps, a cloud consulting and professional services company specializing in DevOps.

May 27, 2020

Red Hat announced an expansion of its application services portfolio with the addition of Quarkus as a fully supported framework in Red Hat Runtimes.

May 27, 2020

Couchbase has completed a $105 million all-equity Series G round of fundraising.

May 27, 2020

Aqua Security closed a Series D round of $30M led by Greenspring Associates.

May 26, 2020

GitLab is releasing 13.0 of its DevSecOps platform to enable organizations to efficiently adapt and respond to new and dynamic business challenges.

May 26, 2020

Solo.io announced the availability of the Istio Developer Portal to streamline the developer onboarding process for improved developer experience and increased productivity with added security features.

May 26, 2020

WhiteHat Security will offer free application scanning services to any education institution to support secure online learning.

May 21, 2020

Exadel announced the Grand Prize winner of the “Appery.io COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon.”

May 21, 2020

CloudBees announced significant advances for its Software Delivery Management (SDM) platform – integrations with additional continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) engines, including Google Cloud Build and Tekton, and extension of the availability of CloudBees’ SDM Preview Program.

May 21, 2020

OutSystems is announcing over 70 development accelerators that ensure web and mobile applications created on the OutSystems low-code development platform can comply with the highest accessibility standards and regulations.