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How many professional software developers are there?

 
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According to this article from InfoQ there are 11,005,000 professional software developers.

I've heard Oracle say that there are 9 to 10 million Java developers. So, does that 90% of the developers are Java developers?! Java is one of the most used programming languages, but I doubt that these figures can be compared directly like this.
 
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Maybe those "Java developers" include everybody who ever took a course that taught them how to write an applet, and who are now doing something different (or are using different languages).
 
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There may be 11 million folks who claim to be professional software developers, meaning the take a paycheck for writing code.

That does not, IMHO, make them professionals. I would quickly cut out 90% of any mass produced number. Maybe a million, world-wide, maybe
 
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