SANTA CRUZ, CA, July 17, 2007 – Fully ten percent of developers in the Asia Pacific region are working on computer games, according to the latest volume of Evans Data Corp’s Asia Pacific Development Survey, to be released to subscribers next week. That’s three times more than in North America. In addition, nearly a quarter of developers are writing mobile applications, and of those, 25% spend more than half of their time on mobile apps.
“Developers in the Asia Pacific region tend to be younger than developers in other parts of the world. Most are under thirty, and only a small proportion are over fifty years old,” said John Andrews, President and CEO of Evans Data Corp. “This may in part explain their proclivity towards game development, and game development on mobile devices.”
The overwhelming majority of APAC developers are young. Three quarters (74%) are thirty years old or less, and this proportion has increased in the last year suggesting a strong influx of new developers in this age range. Only 3% are more than fifty years old, compared to 26% of the North American developer population.
Other findings in this comprehensive survey of almost 400 developers in the Asia Pacific region include:
- Use of C/C++ is APAC has fallen off by 10 percentage points in the last six months, marking the first significant decline in the last four years.
- In APAC, Microsoft dominates the database market (63% of respondents use SQLServer, compared to 48% using MySQL or Oracle)
- Service-oriented architectures are being implemented across APAC, with a more than a third of respondents (37%) reporting one currently in development or already in the field.
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