The Zend Developer Pulse Survey – Expected Trends In The Technology In 2012

Zend recently conducted a survey of various developers from all over the world to evaluate what they are thinking ahead for the New Year and how this may affect different technologies. The survey includes views of 3335 developers from different countries and provides an insight into the expected career trends and technologies that are likely to get a lot more attention than others. Zend, the company that created PHP, believes that the general mood swing of developers will help in determining the technologies and tools that will be used in this year for fulfilling the never ending demand for apps and software solutions required by organizations and businesses.

The competition for businesses has moved from local to global competitors and the World Wide Web provides a perfect platform where the current war for market leadership is being fought. This requires businesses to effectively connect and engage with their customers, suppliers, employees and other business related personals at any time. The current business competition is being carried out over internet through web tools, cloud technology, mobile apps & platforms and social media. Let us see what the developers think about the coming trends in the technology and their career inclination.

An insight into the survey and its findings:

1.) It seems like mobile application development is going to be the key focus of developers in 2012. Around 66 percent of developers said that they will be targeting mobile apps development projects in the New Year.

2.) 40-50 percent of developers assured that they will be working on projects based on cloud, social media integration, API production and big data/analytics in 2012.

3.) Over 75 percent of developers said they would opt for next-generation User interface development as a possible career ahead.

4.) Out of all the developers surveyed, 67 percent are looking to enhance their mobile application development skills on different platform. Whereas, 46 percent said that they will be enhancing their cloud application development skills.

5.) Seems like cloud technology is going to get a lot of boost from the web and application development industry as 60 percent of developers are determined to use public cloud in their projects. Year 2012 is going to experience some extra clouds this year.

6.) The survey shows that developers will be focusing on dynamic open source languages and using multiple languages for their projects.

7.) PHP, Java, JavaScript and C were the forerunners in the most favorable and likely to be used programming languages section in the survey. Other languages were left far behind them.

8.) Seems like PHP is still the most favorable programming language with more than 67 percent of developers admitting that they spend more than half of their time working on PHP and use it as their core language. However, 33 percent of enterprise developers said that they used both PHP and Java in their projects.

9.) The demand for skilled PHP developers is expected to increase in 2012 as compared to that of last year and more than half of the developers agree with that.

The survey clearly indicates that 2012 will see an increased demand for cloud, mobile and social apps development. Web development companies are going to invest more heavily in PHP development and will definitely enhance their PHP development skills. However, it seems that mobile application development will be the most happening and in-demand technology in 2012.