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The 2016 New Coder Survey

We announced on March 29th, 2016 that we'd like to better understand new coders using a survey.

Survey development was lead by Quincy Larson with Free Code Camp and Saron Yitbarek with Code Newbie. For more about why we made this survey: "How we crafted a survey for thousands of people who are learning to code".

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About the Data

The raw survey results are located in the raw-data/ directory, in .csv format.

We have cleaned and combined the data for convenience of downstream analyses and visualizations. The cleaned data is located in the clean-data/ directory.

How to Contribute

  • Fork this repository and checkout the issues for questions that you can help us answer with d3.js data visualizations.
  • Come up with your own questions and add them as new issues.

Analysis of this data

Analysis of other relevant recent data


We want to thanks all the people who participated in this project. Particular thanks to the members of the Free Code Camp Gitter DataScience chatroom and more specially to the team formed by @erictleung, @SamAI-Software, @krisgesling and @evaristoc.

@erictleung championed the preparation of the clean dataset, @SamAI-Software worked on the coordination, analysis and final presentation of the charts, @krisgesling prepared the map and helped with the final touches of the presentation, and @evaristoc coordinated the DataScience room and supported the activities of the members of team.

Extended thanks to all the members of the room who also contributed before and after the fieldwork of this survey by providing observations, finding and hightlighting discrepancies, suggesting ideas for charts, etc. Thanks to all of you.


This 2016 New Coder Survey is made available under the Open Database License: Any rights in individual contents of the database are licensed under the Database Contents License:

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