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Microsoft Claims 2 of Top 5 Open Source Projects in GitHub

GitHub released its huge yearly Octoverse report on activity in the open source community, revealing that Microsoft projects claimed two of the top five projects.

That ranking, based on the number of contributors, shows the cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor (Microsoft/vscode) repeating as No. 1, with some 19,000 contributors. Coming in at No. 5 was Microsoft Azure Documentation (MicrosoftDocs/azure-docs), with 7,800 contributors.

In between those two were React Native (10,000), TensorFlow (9,300) and Angular (8,800). Another Microsoft-related project, DefinitelyTyped -- to consolidate TypeScript type definitions -- was at No. 10 with 6,000 contributors.

The State of the Octoverse 2018 report, published yesterday (Oct. 16), reveals a huge ecosystem of open source activity on the software development platform and open source (and public and private) code repository managed by GitHub, which itself was recently acquired by Microsoft.

Top Programming Languages Used over Time
[Click on image for larger view.] Top Programming Languages Used over Time (source: GitHub).

For example, it reveals collaboration across 1.1 billion contributions, with more than 31 million developers taking part, from 2.1 million organizations. The number of GitHub repositories as of Sept. 30, 2018, climbed more than 40 percent from last year to reach more than 96 million.

GitHub's favorite highlights from the report included:

  • Ruby contributors use the [heart] reaction on issue and pull request comments more than contributors to any other programming language—no surprises here.
  • Open source contributors from the Czech Republic are the “chattiest” in the world.
  • Developers from all over the world take holidays off, but the quietest time on GitHub happens around New Year’s Day (January 1).
  • The open source community makes time to contribute. Contributors are working in OS repositories well into the evening.

In other rankings:

  • The Microsoft Azure Documentation project topped the fastest-growing list, with a 4.7x change from last year, followed by pytorch and godotengine.
  • In a "coolness" ranking -- based on the number of stars awarded -- the google/dopamine project, described as "a research framework for quickly prototyping reinforcement learning algorithms," was No. 1.
  • Microsoft dominated the organization contribution ranking by a wide margin, with 7,700 contributions made by employees, with Google coming in second at 5,500.
  • The top topics tagged were React, Android and node.js.
  • The fastest-growing topics were hacktoberfest, pytorch and machine.
  • The top language used by contributors was again JavaScript, followed by Java, Python, PHP, C++, C#, TypeScript, Shell, C and TypeScript.
  • The fastest-growing languages were Kotlin, HCL, TypeScript, PowerShell, Rust, CMake, Go, Python, Groovy and SQLPL.

The sprawling Octoverse report is broken down into three categories: People (how, when and where developers build and learn on GitHub); Projects (popular projects, topics and programming languages); and Platform (the GitHub application ecosystem, Marketplace and security programs).

You can access the report directly here.

About the Author

David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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