Wednesday, December 9, 2009

What Web development languages are colleges using?

Earlier this year, I surveyed the University Web Developers listserv about Web development languages. Here are the long-overdue results:

What Web development languages do you use at your college or university?
  1. PHP (77.1%)
  2. JScript (38.6%)
  3. Perl (31.3%)
  4. Cold Fusion (25.3%)
  5. ASP Classic/VBScript (22.9%)
  6. Java (21.7%)
  7. ASP.net/VB.net (18.1%)
  8. Python (16.9%)
  9. Ruby on Rails (14.5%)
  10. C#.net (9.6%)
  11. JSP (9.6%)
  12. Other (6.0%)
What Web development languages do you think will be mainstream five years from now?
  1. PHP (81.9%)
  2. Java (43.4%)
  3. Ruby on Rails (38.6%)
  4. ASP.net/VB.net (36.1%)
  5. JScript (34.9%)
  6. C#.net (25.3%)
  7. Python (24.1%)
  8. Perl (18.1%)
  9. JSP (14.5%)
  10. Cold Fusion (13.3%)
  11. Other (8.4%)
  12. ASP Classic/VBScript (3.6%)
The survey was completed in July 2009 by 83 university Web developers. Yes, we recognize that we can't really foresee what might be around in five years, but for the purposes of planning now, this survey was extremely helpful. Thanks to my trusty Web developer Russ Wright and to all who participated!

P.S. To the Web developers reading this...do you agree with these five-year projections, and if so, what factors keep the language around?

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