Progress Releases Results of 2016 .NET Developer Survey
1,000+ respondents think advancements such as cross-platform development and open source are driving .NET development within the enterprise to new heights
"Over the last year, .NET has moved further into the open source and
cross-platform space. These moves allow .NET to continue to grow and
thrive within the enterprise, and are in keeping with similar trends in
cloud and mobile," said
Key findings from the survey include:
Developers prefer the web as their platform of choice:
- Respondents are developing apps for responsive web (49%), desktop web (45%) and Windows desktop (30%).
- Over half of those that identified themselves as web developers are using responsive web techniques to create apps capable of desktop and mobile.
- HTML is the preferred markup language of 38% of respondents classified as desktop developers and 78% of respondents classified as web developers.
- ASP.Net Web Forms isn't dead, yet…Quite a few developers are working on new apps (34% desktop web developers / 29% responsive web developers).
Excitement is building for cross-platform and OSS development:
- 38% of respondents think the opportunity to build and run .NET apps cross-platform is "amazing."
- 43% think that .NET Core being open sourced and cross-platform is a "dream come true."
- While Xamarin remains the preference among native mobile developers (62%), Apache Cordova is the top choice for hybrid/compiled mobile developers (43%).
- 63% of respondents won't touch a Mac, but 29% own iPhones.
- Adoption of Universal Windows Platform is slow, but steady. The majority of respondents are still unfamiliar with UWP (44% Windows desktop devs, 58% web devs, 41% mobile devs). While 27%, 19% and 35% respectively are on-board with its write once, run everywhere capabilities.
The full survey also offers insights around IDE preferences, lightweight code editors, reporting, command line tooling, package managers, XAML, mobile hardware and more. To read the full report and see all of the survey findings, click here.
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