Ethereum ‘Buidlers’ Keep on Building
Combining the figures from both code libraries, it can be seen that downloads of Ethereum-specific code increased 400% since 2018. The drastic uptick in the number of developers is all the more impressive because Ethereum did little but decline during the period in question.
Both the ETH coin price and the volume of Google search interest for Ethereum exhibited a significant decline after the flash-point of the 2017-2018 bull run. Current Google Trends data suggests Ethereum is being searched for 87% less than it was during its all-time high.
Likewise, despite more than doubling in value in 2020, Ethereum remains a long way off its all-time price high of $1,432.
However, it appears as though developers have not been perturbed. The graph below shows weekly download figures for Ethers.js on its own. In January of 2018, weekly downloads totaled a mere 918. By the summer of 2020, that figure had jumped to 196,423, marking a 21,296% increase.
For further context, Lodash downloads have more than doubled since 2018. By comparison, the 400% growth of Ethereum-specific downloads in the same period seems all the more remarkable – especially given that Ethereum has been in a bear market the entire time.