Here's the results, as promised, of the .NET Survey I took last week.
Also, here's the disclaimer. I did this on a whim, it's not scientific, so the margin of error is +/-101%. That said, the results feel intuitively right to me, personally.
It was a single question with 14 checkboxes. You were asked to "check al the .NET Framework features that you use in your projects." The results are here after 4899 responses:
There were lots of good responses on Twitter and comments on the original blog post.
Folks wanted choices like "Other," "None" and "I don't use .NET." Of course, not answering the survey is a good way of reporting that. ;) In fact, 29 people looked at the survey, checked nothing and then just clicked Finish.
Here's some choice feedback:
I organized the survey in terms of what I called "subsystems." You could also say "product teams," I suppose. It was more trying to get a sense of the tools people reach for when they start a project.
I probably could have included IIS6, II7, etc., but I'm sure it would have gotten unruly. I could have included languages as well, but that feels like another survey. The one thing I regret not including was Silverlight. I wanted to add it, but by the time I'd realized it, I had already got 1000+ results and I decided adding it at that point would skew the results.
Of course, this could have been a multi-question, multi-page survey, but they you probably wouldn't have filled it out, right? I wanted to find a balance between getting a LARGE enough number of responses and getting data that's useful in some way to both you, Dear Reader, as well as the bosses I'll show it to.
As with all online surveys, this one is worth exact the paper its printed on. :) If you think it is useful, cool, if not, it only wasted 5 seconds of your time when you filled it out. Thanks for filling it out.
What is your analysis of the results?
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way.