Less development, please, we are British, and we have coronavirus

A new study by Sonatype, DevOps’ automation specialist, has shown that software development activity in the UK has fallen by 28% since February.

However, the position of the United Kingdom contrasts with that of some other countries, where development activity continued to increase at the peak of the pandemic. These are mainly the United States with 6% growth and Germany with 12% growth from January 2020.

The Sonatype study measured the demand from countries for downloading open source software from the central repository during the period of 15 months from January 2019 to April 2020. The Central Repository – or Maven Central – is the world’s largest publicly accessible catalog of open source software components, with more than 246 billion download requests last year alone, serving the needs of more than 10 million developers. Open source software components play a fundamental role in business software development and account for 80 to 90% of code developers embedded in modern applications.

Development activities in China fell by 43% at the peak of the virus. Demand for downloads from China, which is hoping for a similar V-shaped recovery in the UK, has since recovered from a 16 week decline, although it is still 18% below the March 2019 level.

Given the disruption COWID-19 has caused to world trade, it seemed inevitable that the pandemic would somehow affect the software development industry, says Wayne Jackson, CEO of Sonatype. While downloading open source software in the United Kingdom continues to decline during blackout periods, the developer community should be encouraged by the resilience of developers in the U.S. and Germany, who have proven that the nature of the software developer profession can facilitate teleworking and support innovation.

In the other regions of Italy, construction activity has increased by 52% since the beginning of January 2019 and by 16% since January 2020. The slowdown in Spain reflects the deterioration in the United Kingdom: From the 7th. From March to March 11th. In April, the country experienced a decline of 28% following a 50% increase in activity between the beginning of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. Between eight. February and the 18th. India experienced a 18% decline in construction activity in April, following an increase of 82% between early 2019 and early 2020.

While no one wanted to see such a huge slowdown before the crisis, software development in the United Kingdom grew by 78% between January 2019 and February 2020, Jackson adds. This underlines the growing dynamism of software innovation in the UK market, which is expected to grow further in the coming weeks. In China, which has experienced a similar slowdown, we are beginning to see a V-shaped recovery trend and we hope to see a similar trend in the UK as the blockage weakens.

More information can be found on the Sonatype blog.

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