Windows losing grip on developers?

By Rob Scovell, in , posted: 6-Jul-2007 21:29

Here is a curious article in the NZ Herald.

It references a survey that claims to show that developers are moving away from Windows in increasing numbers.

I'd like to think this is true, but the final paragraph makes me doubt the quality of this research.

This is what it says:

It also found that Javascript is the most widely used scripting language, with treble the number of PHP, Ruby and Python users. It noted that the use of Ruby is expected to increase by 50 percent in the coming year.

Is it just me, or is this a rather confusing statement? Javascript is a front-end scripting language; the others are back-end. I'm not sure what point they're trying to make here. It's a bit like trying to say something about tomato-consumption by comparing it with apple-consumption.

Also, this sentence makes no sense at all to me:

The survey of 400 software developers and IT managers also found that despite Windows targeting is going backwards, Microsoft's system has remained steady as the development platform of choice.

Whenever a newspaper reports on anything I know anything about, it is invariably full of glaring inaccuracies. This fact makes me very suspicious of everything I read in the papers!

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Comment by Johann, on 6-Jul-2007 23:08

For more information about the topic you may check the recent Martin Fowler's blog:

Comment by Johann, on 6-Jul-2007 23:16

check the recent Martin Fowler's blog:

Author's note by robscovell, on 7-Jul-2007 06:56

Thanks -- that's a very informative blog entry.


Comment by barf, on 7-Jul-2007 12:32

I believe it. Although noting the JavaScript anomaly and small sample in their survey.

I actually found it easier to make a GUI application in GNU/Linux with Python and Glade than in Apple with Xcode. I'm not an expert software dev but Linux was definately easier to develop with for me.

Comment by taniwha, on 7-Jul-2007 20:37

Confusing but true... more people know javascript that ruby.. but that's just bogus :) i wonder, is microsoft really loosing developers, or just losing the vocal developers? those using C# / VB / other MS tech are generally working in proprietary systems, and therefore make less noise about their actual development time. (compared to an opensource ruby hacker)

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