When GitHub was created, between 2007 and 2008, the community of developers and those interested in programming was growing. The platform was soon adopted by users looking for a community driven by Web 2.0, which fostered engagement and interaction of ideas and collaborative projects, in an independent environment open to everyone’s participation.
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Just over 16 years later, the platform has grown, it was bought by Microsoft in 2018 and, in addition to open codes, it also houses private projects and gained other features and resources — but it still maintains its independent aura and a very active community, which is constantly growing. each year.
According to GitHub itself, in 2019 the social programming hosting network had set the goal of reaching 100 million users by 2025. And the platform celebrates the fact of having achieved this goal two years earlier.
“We are happy to share that there are now officially over 100 million developers using GitHub to create, maintain and contribute to software projects, which represents a huge responsibility for us to continue to put developers first,” says Thomas Dohmke , CEO of GitHub.
And Brazil has everything to do with this: according to the Octoverse 2022 open source report, carried out by GitHub itself, our country has the third largest developer community outside the United States with the highest growth on the platform, with more than 3 million of Brazilian programmers on the network, second only to India and China — last year alone, there were more than 924 thousand new Brazilians entered GitHub.
Changes and expansion on GitHub
Since 2007, much has changed, and diversity, whether of gender or ethnicity, has expanded applications, projects and ideas, which share codes, documents and design for various sectors — including the development of scientific research.
According to GitHub, in 2015, nearly one-third of developers registered on GitHub were from North America. Currently, the fastest growing regions are in South America, Southeast Asia and Africa.
“Currently, developers are writing code, contributing documentation and creating new solutions to solve new problems globally, working, for example, to create software for hospitals, film production, and even for NASA and the PyTorch project, which feeds artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications,” says Dohmke.