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Posted by Jeffrey Hammond on August 23, 2013
During the summer, it seems that I spend almost every Saturday mowing the yard. I’m using a self-propelled walk-behind these days, so it takes a good 2 hours to get the whole thing done. The best part is always that feeling when you cut the last swatch of long grass and know it’s time for a nice glass of iced tea or a hefeweizen on the deck. But the good feeling is more than just about being done; it’s as much about completing a good job and being able to look back and survey the results of your labors.
That feeling of satisfaction is the same one I get when a complex and comprehensive research report I’ve written goes web live on our site. In this case, it’s a document that was more than three years in the planning and six months in the execution. If you’re a Forrester client, I hope you’ll find the Developer Landscape 2013 that Vivian Brown and I co-authored illuminating. It’s my first report that extracts some of the more interesting trends we found in our 2013 Forrsights Developer Survey (although James Staten has also tapped the data already here). While I’ve fielded developer surveys before, this one is different — it represents an organic comittment from Forrester Research to a deeper quantitative examination of who developers are; what tools, processes, and technologies they are adopting and using; and what their attitudes and aspirations are. Here’s why you should care:
There’s so much good content in our Developer Forrsights data that I’ll be sifting through it for the rest of the year, even while we plan the 2014 survey. We also have data coming in from China and India to compare with our North American and European result set. While we’ve scratched the surface with more than 20 pages of charts and tables, you might want to dig deeper, as there are more than 1 million discrete data points in just the North American and European sample. If that’s the case, you should contact our Forrsights team and they can tell you how you can get access to custom data cuts and even influence future survey questions as a Forrsights client. I expect that I’ll be blogging on some of the more interesting aspects of the 2013 survey for the rest of the year; but in the meantime, I’ll close this post with a sample figure, taken from the programming languages section of the survey:
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