In today’s Dr. Dobbs Update (delieverd to your email box if you request it), Jon Erickson (DDJ editor) mentiones an article with the summary results of a survey DDJ did in cooperation with Forrester Research. The survey was created to understand how tools and technologies are affecting developers.
In the article, What Developers Think, written by Jeffrey Hammond, Research Analyst for Forrester Research, Jeffrey uses the term "technology populism" and writes about "the growing trend where tech-savvy workers such as developers make their own decisions about what technologies to use. They help themselves to the software, collaborative tools, and information sources that best fit their needs, with minimal or no support from central IT. Much of this activity flies under management radar."
The seven trends listed in the article are:
- Rich Internet applications (RIAs) are for real
- There is wide use of open source (4 out of 5 use it for development or deployment)
- Virtualization for testing in widespread and cloud use is just starting
- Multilingual developers emerge (I’m not just an xyz progammer)
- Young developers are drawn to dynamic programming languages
- Agile processes are resonating with developers
- Developers are an untapped source of innovation
The bottom line for development managers - "Spend more time understanding what your developers are doing both at work and outside of it, and solicit their ideas about how these technologies could speed up development and cut costs for the organization."
Jon Erickson asks "I’d appreciate hearing your take on these trends (and others) once you read the article." You can email Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org.