Statistics of Reading of Books among Ukrainian Developers [Pics]

There are thousands of computer books available today that cover every imaginable subject. That could be a hard choice to make when thinking about what book to read next. Couple of weeks ago we talked about most-read programming books among Ukrainian developers and testers. Today we’d like to talk more about some numbers that could explain what Ukrainian developers are interested in while choosing what book to read.


The well-known website dou.ua which is about information technologies, made a survey and prepared useful illustrations that explain the preferences of Ukrainian IT specialists. The total number of respondents was 1015. All of them shared their experience of reading programming books over the last years.

Most IT specialists read computer books after they graduate from university and declare how it’s important to improve programming skills constantly. Most respondents were in the age from 20 to 30 with more than 3 years of working experience.

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Half of all specialists work with such programming languages as Java, C# and PHP. It is interesting to compare these results to data showing the most popular programming languages among Ukrainian developers.

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More than half of all respondents (486 developers) prefer to read 1 or 2 programming books during one year according to their specialization.

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Specialists at the age of 40 and over are the most active readers of programming books, and at the same time these guys read the most among those who read 5 or more books during a year. According to the survey, Scala, C++ and Objective-C developers read more than 5 coding books during one year.

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Someone says that reading of books is becoming less popular nowadays, but the fact is that reading of specialized and business literature is constantly increasing year by year. This fact explains that 92% of young developers are going to read more books next year.

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Preferred Language

It is interesting that specialists under 20 and over 35 prefer to read books in Russian, while others (21-35 years old) read more books in English.

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SQL and PHP developers prefer books that are translated into Russian, while Objective-C, Scale and Ruby developers read books without translation, in English.

Preferred Form of a Book

As technology develops nothing remains untouched and paper is no exception. Electronic books begin to change the way of how the information is created, delivered and viewed. It’s not surprising that eBooks are becoming more and more popular. And eBooks are gaining popularity among Ukrainian developers as well as 36% of all respondents prefer eBooks, while 28% choose printed books.

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Unfortunately, that’s truth that Ukrainian developers prefer to search and download new books online in the Internet, while the second place is taken by the choice to purchase books in Amazon and other online book stores.

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So, if you’re among those developers who read programming books at least twice a year, then check out our blog post about the most popular books among Ukrainian developers and testers.

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