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It's official: developers get better with age. And scarcer.

Datamining stackoverflow to provide some interesting statistics. 

TL;DR version at the bottom of the post

  • Number of coders drops significantly with age. Top developer numbers, at age 27, drop by half every 6-7 years.
  • Developers in their 40s answer roughly twice as much and ask half the questions compared to colleagues in their 20s. It seems younger generation learns and older generation teaches.
  • Quality of posts, i.e. upvotes earned by post, only slightly increases with age.
  • Seniors earn their high reputation by being more active than younger developers.
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