While microservices remain the most exciting technology for API developers, the rise of containers and serverless architecture have emerged as the new favorites for the API developer community. This is the outcome of a worldwide annual survey among nearly 5 million worldwide members of the Postman community. As an API development environment, Postman is used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
This year’s Postman survey was sent to the nearly 5 million worldwide members of the Postman community. The survey is being conducted to better understand the API developers’ workflow, pain points, and perspective for where the API space is headed.
“This year’s survey data reveals a diverse area of focus for the API development workforce,” said Abhinav Asthana, co-founder and CEO of Postman. “The data will help technical leads analyze and identify current norms within their technologies and where development teams need to focus their time and energy, and guide executives with their evaluation of the talent and tools needed to support upcoming deliverables.”
Already an essential part of software development for web, IoT, mobile and AI applications, API use would continue to grow among developers, and their confidence in both API security and documentation has increased year over year, according to the annual Postman survey. And most notably, the rise of containers and serverless architecture have emerged as the new favorites for API developers.
Key highlights of the Postman global developer survey include:
- Nearly 2 in 3 API developers spend a quarter of their week working with APIs, and 30% of those spend more than half of their time with APIs.
- Usage of Public and Private APIs is nearly 50%, and has grown since last year, while internal APIs still make up slightly more than half of all usage.
- Most users have fewer than five years of experience, less than 20% work in teams and nearly half are back-end developers.
- The majority of API knowledge is gained on the job or from online resources, while published API documentation and online communities also contribute heavily.
Star Wars vs. Star Trek
Additionally, the Postman community were asked how they pronounce API, with an overwhelming 82% said they use ‘Aye-Pee-Eye’ and another 12% said ‘Appie’ rhymes with happy. Nearly 2 in 3 API developers admitted that their friends and family don’t know how to pronounce the word, as they have no idea what an API is, or what they actually do for a living.
And finally, developers shared a clear preference in the Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate. A whopping 76% of API developers identified as ‘All Star Wars’ or ‘More Star Wars than Star Trek’. As well, the current TV shows API developers most relate to are The Big Bang Theory (32%) and Silicon Valley (30%), while 24% said they don’t watch TV shows.
Infographic of the survey, download the PDF.