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IDC's developer tools market-sizing: "$5.1 billion in 2021 to $6.8 billion in 2026, reflecting a CAGR of 5.9%"

See the details in the report by. You could, loosely, call this a direct developer market: things developers (rather, their organizations, mostly) pay for. There’s also a larger developer market here, “application development software."

Here’s how IDC defines the developer tools market:

The development languages, environments, and tools market includes development-side tools such as integrated development environments (IDEs) and code editors as well as programming language compilers and client-side, mobile, and embedded application development tools; runtimes; and frameworks, including web frameworks and browsers. Also included in this market are standalone tools used during the code construction process such as debuggers and code profilers.

This market does not include tools whose primary function is to support formalized modeling and business rules methodologies that assist in generating application requirements, data definitions, and programming specifications. Server-side application platforms, including application servers and mobile back-end services, are not tracked in this market.

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