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December 6: Developer and Database Survey Results

As part of our ongoing Embarcadero business and product planning process, we ask developers and database professionals to participate in surveys. These surveys often focus on product feature and technology areas, development trends, and membership profiles.  We also use industry surveys and commission external surveys. Thanks go out to all of you who have taken part in any of our surveys over the years. Since this is the season of giving, I will highlight a few of the results from three of our 2010 surveys.

Database Trends and Challenges 2010 Survey


  • 87% male

  • 11% female

  • 2% did not specify

What types of database activities do you wish that you had more time to do (top 5)

  • Database tuning

  • Fixing poor performing SQL code

  • Database monitoring

  • Learn new skills or technologies

  • Keep current skills up to date

Are you proficient with more than one database platform

  • Yes - 84%

  • No - 14%

What is the one biggest database-related challenge that you face in the next year (top 5)

  • Cross platform database management

  • Database tuning

  • Multi-instance databases

  • Database management

  • Fixing poor performing SQL code

Embarcadero Developer Survey May 2010

What is your role? (top 5)

  • Software application developer

  • Software architect

  • Database developer

  • Database architect

  • Web application developer

How proficient are you with SQL coding?

  • Advanced - 39%

  • Intermediate - 37%

  • Just the basics - 14%

  • I am a total pro - 9%

  • Not at all - 6%

The three biggest project challenges that you face? (top 5)

  • Not enough time

  • Poor testing (unit/system)

  • Poor or no requirements

  • Poor planning

  • Slow or inneficient tools and technologies

What type of developer activities do you wish you had more time to do (top 5)

  • Learn new programming languages and technologies

  • Keep current skills up to date

  • Unit and system testing

  • Add additional documentation and comments to code

  • Fix old bugs

Delphi 2010 Developer Survey

Application deployment for which Microsoft Windows OS (top 5)

  • windows 7

  • windows Server 2008

  • Windows vista

  • Windows Server 2003

  • Windows XP

IDE Features you use all the time (top 10)

  • Search/Find

  • Code completion

  • Parenthesis matching

  • Current line highlighting

  • Class completion

  • Reopen Menu

  • Block completion

  • Use Unit

  • IDE insight

  • VCL designer guidelines

What social networking site do you belong to (top 3)

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • LinkedIn

Gold User, Rank: 1, Points: 2466
David Intersimone (known to many as David I.) is a passionate and innovative software industry veteran-often referred to as a developer icon-who extols and educates the world on Embarcadero developer tools. He shares his visions as an active member of the industry speaking circuit and is tapped as an expert source by the media. He is a long-standing champion of architects, developers and database professionals and works to ensure that their needs are folded into Embarcadero's strategic product plans. David holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.


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    Kevin P. Monday, 6 December 2010

    Interesting, but it would be nice to also see the percentages in the "Top 5" listings.

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