GitHub Developers: 15.4M Indian Developers on GitHub Will Outnumber American Developers by 2027 | Bengaluru News

Bangalore: A development platform owned by Microsoft GitHub onboarded an additional 2.2 million developers in India, taking the total number of Indian developers to 15.4 million. By 2027, India’s developer community on GitHub is expected to surpass that of the United States, which currently numbers 21 million.
The addition of 2.2 million developers this year follows last year’s growth when GitHub added 3.5 million developers, taking its developer base in India to 13.2 million.The momentum is clear – India’s developer base has now tripled from 5.8 million in 2021. “About 200,000 computer science graduates are pursuing engineering degrees, driving convergence. India can be a leader not only in software but also in artificial intelligence. Both children and adults will learn to code in their native language, which will lead to a long-term influx of developers,” said Thomas Dohmke, CEO of GitHub. As of December last year, developers in India had over 36.9 million repositories on GitHub compared to 27.4 million repositories in the same period last year. Last year, over 3.8 lakh Indian developers contributed over 9.7 million to open source software. In comparison, in 2022, over 3.2 lakh Indian developers contributed over 8.1 million to open source software.

15.4 million Indian developers on GitHub to overtake the US by 27

From reaping the benefits of AI pair programming to accelerating the next era of software development, GitHub improves developer productivity. Last year, GitHub surpassed $1 billion in recurring revenue. Recently, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that GitHub’s revenues grew to over 40% year-over-year, driven by the development and adoption of Copilot for GitHub AI developers. GitHub Copilot has 1.8 million paid subscribers and has been used by over 50,000 companies worldwide, including Autodesk, Dell and Goldman Sachs. In India, GitHub counts Cognizant, Infosys, MakeMyTrip and Paytm among its top customers. Among the latest AI features, Copilot Enterprise adapts Copilot to a company’s code base and allows developers to communicate with it in natural language.
Dohmke grew up in Berlin, in the suburb of Marzahn, on the eastern side of the wall, before it fell. “The complexity of software systems has increased compared to the early 1990s. There wasn’t much software back then, but today you can’t imagine a world without software,” he said. When asked how GitScore along with GenAI can be the ultimate litmus test for understanding a developer’s proficiency, Dohmke said that in many interviews, instead of asking the developer to write code, interviewers ask him to use a co-pilot code to write the same piece of code . “It shows their ability to prompt and reason. It provides good insight into whether the developer not only understands how to work with models, but also how they validate the code they write. This, in turn, allows developers to learn more about GitHub Copilot to improve their rapid engineering skills, learning how to use a large language model by writing prompts and refining them in the context of what they are working on. It’s a bit like learning to drive a car,” he said. GitScore offers a comprehensive overview of GitHub developer profile statistics and code analysis results.
Regulations such as GDPR protect data privacy and have a significant impact on the way AI systems process personal data. “We are actually interested in enabling open source and open research on GitHub, despite all these regulations (data privacy and artificial intelligence). Because someone who has a great idea here in Bengaluru cannot afford the same compliance teams that we have at Microsoft or Infosys,” Dohmke added.