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Computerworld Development Survey gives nod to C#

It beat out Java as the preferred programming language in a survey of developers

By Computerworld staff
March 28, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - Microsoft's C# beat out Java as the preferred programming language in a recent developer survey conducted by Computerworld.

The highest number of respondents selected .Net as their organization's preferred framework/API, followed by Unix/Linux and Microsoft Win32/COM/DCOM.

While 50% reported that they use open-source code, most respondents indicated that they are not developing 64-bit applications, Linux applications or wireless applications (57%, 60% and 64%, respectively). What's more, the percentages reporting plans to do 64-bit, Linux and wireless application development were all low: 9%, 4% and 7%, respectively.

Almost half, 48%, selected "No" when asked if their company was using Unified Modeling Language (UML), and 33% reported that UML is in use at their organization. Thirteen percent said that there plans for future use.

When asked about their organization's Web services development, over half reported that they were already using Web services and developing more projects (58%). Another 15% reported working on pilot projects, while 12% said they were actively interested. Only 9% said they weren't interested.

Regarding Java vs. .Net, 37% of the respondents said they used mostly Java, while 26% said they used mostly .Net, and another 23% reported using both.

Forty-five percent selected an integrated development environment (IDE) as their preferred editor. Thirty-five reported using both IDE and text editors and 17% selected text editor as their preferred tool.

Most respondents work at companies with more than 100 employees. Thirty-eight percent reported working as an IT manager, and 36% said they held the title of developer.

The software production activity was mixed; more (39%) respondents indicated that the software development at their company was for internal use only than for other uses. More than half (58%) reported that they work in enterprise development, developing applications that are deployed for corporatewide or business-to-business use.

Following are the full results of the survey:

Top 5 programming languages reported in use by respondents
C#
72%
Java
66%
Visual Basic
62%
C++
54%
JavaScript/ECMAScript
50%

What is your current employment status?
Employed in organization with more than 100 employees
86%
Employed in organization with 100 or fewer employees
7%
Self-employed
6%
Not employed*
1%

Which statement best describes your company's production of software?
My company produces/sells software or services for consumers/end users
20%
My company produces/sells software or services for internal use only
39%
Both
21%
None of the above
20%

What is your current position/job function?
IT manager
38%
Developer
36%
Non-developer IT staff
8%
Non-IT manager
5%
Other
13%

Which best describes what you do?
Professional development
I develop applications that are deployed for individual or small team use
18%
Enterprise development
I develop applications that are deployed for corporatewide or business-to-business use
58%
Learning
I am getting started in software development
3%
Other
I am not involved in software development
21%

Which programming languages are currently in use at your company for development?
C
32%
C++
54%
C#
72%
Delphi
7%
Java
66%
JavaScript/ECMAScript
50%
PHP
16%
Perl
34%
Python
8%
Ruby
1%
TCL
6%
Unix shell scripts
42%
Visual Basic
62%
Other interpreted languages
33%

Are you developing 64-bit applications?
Yes


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