Monday, March 24th, 2008
Nitobi ran a survey on Ajax technologies, and you (Ajaxian community) helped out in giving them your feedback.
They just released the results which consists of 570 answers. You must always take results with a grain of salt, since there are quite a few more designers and developers than 570 our there, but it is always fun to analyze. Often the results tell you more about the niche of people that the surveying group has access too than the global truth (e.g. the Ajaxian group skews to a slightly more advanced user base that doesn’t mind getting dirty).
The responses that called out to me were:
Which development platforms are you using?
Java and PHP took the server side piece home (many said they were HTML/CSS front end folks). If you aggregate the Java technology (Java, JSP, Servlets, JSF) you get 394 versus PHPs 296, although it is hard to compare since you could choose “all that apply”. I am willing to bet that if you are doing JSF now, you may well have done Servlets, JSP, and other!
Which development tools do you use?
Eclipse and Dreamweaver had the most votes here, with a large number of Notepad people (teasing?). Textmate was that low?
What causes you the most pain in designing and development websites?
- Browser compatibility: 303
- Testing: 114
- CSS: 36
- Deployment: 34
Why do you choose to use Ajax?
- Improve user’s experience: 276
- I want to build slicker applications: 38
- Easy to use: 29
- My boss wants it: 25
- Saves time: 13
- Saves money: 2
What toolkits or frameworks are you using in your projects?
This was quite a different result than from our last survey.
- jQuery: 144
- Prototype: 143
- Scriptaculous: 127
- YUI: 99
- Ajax for ASP.Net (Atlas): 91
- Mootools: 65
- Dojo: 63
- ExtJs: 61
- Nitobi: 61
- Spry: 29
- GWT: 19
- JMaki: 6
- Mochikit: 2
Here is the spreadsheet of the full results
Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:06 am