Feeds

Ruby shines in North American developer survey

Use up 40% from 2008

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Ruby use is up 40 per cent amongst North American software developers since 2008, according to a new study from Evans Data.

Despite the jump in popularity, Ruby still occupies a relatively small niche in the developer community as a whole, the company says. Only 14 per cent of developers polled in North America use Ruby at least some of the time, up from 10 per cent in a poll last year.

About 20 per cent, however, told Evans they expect to use Ruby in the coming year.

The market research firm's latest bi-annual Development survey got its figures by polling 400 North American software developers. Evans reckons the popularity of Ruby is spurred by the rise of Ruby on Rails, the open-source framework written in the programming language — and it thinks it is also one reason why Linux continues to grow as a target platform.

"The increasing adoption of developers using scripting languages correlates with today's overall emphasis on web centric applications which have to be highly malleable to rapidly changing market driven requirements," said Evans Data CEO John Andrews in a statement. "Interestingly, while we see Linux continue to increase as a target platform, this category of development reflects the greatest growth in targeting a non Windows target platform."

While that's fine and dandy for open source fans, the developer poll also indicates commercial SQL databases are two and a half times more likely to be used as a primary database than open source SQL databases.

Sample pages of the survey can be found here. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function
Content aggregation, meet the workplace ... oh
Do Moan! MONSTER 6-day EMAIL OUTAGE hits Domain Monster
Customers freaked out by frightful service
Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM
Honestly, it’s a piece of piss
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden
If it ain't Microsoft, it's in fashion behind the Great Firewall
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.