JFrog Ltd, the Liquid Software company and creators of the JFrog DevOps Platform, today released the results of its JFrog Software Artifact State of the Union report, which exposes the packages and binaries most in use by enterprise developers today to deliver software from design to production. Key findings indicate an intense and growing interest in emerging memory-safe programming languages for securing the software supply chain; a rise in designing for the edge; plus exponential artifact size and container usage hinting at development of applications such as cryptocurrency, metaverse, and blockchain.
“Developers are the transformers of our time – taking innovative approaches to the many ways software can be utilized to propel businesses and society to the next frontier,” said Stephen Chin, VP of Developer Relations for JFrog. “Our report doesn’t aim to parrot stated developer preferences. Rather, it spotlights the programming languages and package ecosystems in which technology and business leaders should invest from an application, talent, and security standpoint, to ensure their companies can compete and scale in 2023 and beyond.”
Drawing from a wide sample of 7K+ companies – of varying sizes and cross-industry – JFrog’s Software Package State of the Union report indicates the following enterprise software trends:
● Preparing for IoT and the Edge: Rust (Cargo), C and C++ – the primary languages used when designing software to run on edge and IoT devices – grew exponentially between January 2020 and October 2022, along with Conan – the decentralized package manager for C/C++ – which grew 5.2X over the same period.
● Containers are King: Use of Docker plus OCI containers and Helm Charts has dramatically increased over the last two years, indicating more organizations are taking a cloud-native approach and designing larger, more sophisticated artifacts for use by applications such as the Metaverse, Blockchain, or cryptocurrency.
● Increasing focus on Memory Safety for Securing the Software Supply Chain: Modern languages, such as Apple Swift, Go, and Rust (Cargo) are designed with built-in safety mechanisms to make the developer aware of any potential issues when coding so they can avoid future detrimental software supply chain attacks. To that end, use of Rust (and its package manager, Cargo) grew 98X since April 2021.
● Terraform: The infrastructure-as-code (IaC) standard: Terraform repositories showed the highest growth trajectory of any package type since May 2022, indicating companies see the benefit of moving IaC files to a full-featured, binary-based, secure management solution.
● Growing Variety and Size of Software Artifacts: Companies typically support an average of seven package types and manage more than 100,000 artifacts, with the size of those artifacts steadily increasing alongside the widespread use of containerization technologies like Docker and Kubernetes.
Packages and binaries are the true components used by enterprises to deliver software from design to production. With the widest support of programming languages in the industry, millions of developers, and 7K+ customers worldwide – from single users to the largest FORTUNE 100 enterprises – the JFrog Platform and JFrog’s Software Artifact State of the Union report is among the industry’s most reliable snapshots of the latest development trends and programming design preferences to consider when launching new development initiatives, hiring, or upskilling yourself or your team