The most used web technologies by French start-ups


From server-side scripting languages to client-side JavaScript frameworks, a study by Breaz takes stock of which web technologies are most used by startups based on their age.

What are the most used web languages and frameworks in France by companies according to their year of creation? This is the question that the Breaz marketplace (which specializes in the recruitment of developers) wanted to answer. Its survey is based on the analysis of the software environment of more than 600 French companies (mostly start-ups) that are clients of the platform.

“A company created in 2008, for example, may have modified its stack over time. It is therefore a ‘photograph’ that allows us to identify a trend,” says Edouard Rosenblum, co-founder and CEO of Breaz.

Node.js and Ruby soar

First observation: the most recent French start-ups tend to favour Node.js and Ruby as backend technologies to the detriment of PHP or Java. “In fact, we’re seeing tension on the recruitment market around Node.js and Ruby, with recruiters fighting over the best profiles focused on these languages,” says Edouard Rosenblum.

In terms of user interface-oriented JavaScript frameworks, AngularJS remains the technology most used by French start-ups, ahead of JQuery. “Its domination of the market is all the more remarkable since its first version was launched in 2009, and Angular has therefore been able to convince companies created earlier,” comments Edouard Rosenblum (see the graph below).

ReactJS: the framework to follow

What about ReactJS? Facebook’s JavaScript framework, released as open source by the social network in 2013, is used by some 5% of the companies analyzed. In view of the explosion of its popularity in 2015 (see the corresponding graph on Google Trend), “it will be interesting to analyze in a few months its growth curve in terms of adoption,” analyzes Edouard Rosenblum.

The study published by Breaz is accompanied by a new service, called Startupstack, which allows you to search for companies based on the web technologies they use.


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