Developers’ Usage Doubled in Last Six Months, Expected to Double Again by Next Year According to Evans Data Report
SANTA CRUZ, CA, May 6, 2002 - Evans Data Corp. announced today that Microsoft’s C# language is rapidly gaining popularity, with 12% of developers today using the language, compared to 7% six months ago. Additionally, 24% expect to use the language during the next year.
This rapid embrace of the C# language was revealed in the just completed Spring volume of Evans’ North American Developer Survey, an ongoing survey based on in-depth interviews with over 800 U.S. and Canadian developers.
The newest language from Microsoft’s Anders Heilsberg, C# is being heavily promoted to developers as a key tool in the software giant’s .Net Web Services strategy. C# was designed for Microsoft’s .Net platform to help speed component development and is similar to both C++ and Java. However, critics have pointed out that, unlike Java, C# produces components optimized for the Windows platform.
"The heavy growth we measured between October and April was no doubt influenced by Microsoft's launch of VS.Net in February, which created excitement as developers upgraded and evaluated the new language and tools" said Jay Dixit, an analyst with EDC. "But developers' growth projections for the future are also very optimistic. Maybe it's the .Net strategy or maybe it's because this is the newest language from Anders Heilsberg - either way this optimism demonstrates a strong initial intention to at least try the new language."
The North American Developer Survey series provides a comprehensive look at developer attitudes, preferences, intentions and understandings. The ongoing surveys track language usage as well as platform migrations and timely topics such as web services, security, tools and architectures.
Evans Data charts language adoption in several of its developer survey series using a unique granular approach that permits insight into languages that are being used only a small part of the time. This makes it possible to track new and emerging languages which would fall off the radar of research companies using the older standard language questions that simply ask for primary or secondary language being used.
The current volume of the North American Developer Survey was conducted during March-April 2002 and offers comprehensive information and trend patterning on platforms and operating system migrations, Web services, OSS and Linux, language usage, Internet development, Java development, architecture and technology adoption, and tools and development issues.
Evans Data Corporation provides regularly updated IT industry market intelligence based on in-depth surveys of the global developer population. Evans' syndicated research includes surveys focused on developers in a wide variety of subjects.
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