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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Best PHP IDE in 2014 - Survey Results
March 24, 2014 @ 13:15:42

The results are in and the SitePoint PHP blog has officially announced the most popular PHP IDE based on the answers to their survey. The overall winner is PHPStorm (from JetBrains) but several others weigh in on their editor of choice too.

This article will focus on the IDE results alone. We'll analyze the PHP community in general in a future piece after the data has been cleaned to a greater extent. Please note that these are preliminary results, and not much detailed filtering has taken place yet. The data will still be processed and additionally verified. The ballpark is in the correct ranges, but cannot be deemed precise (might be off by a couple dozen in every category - not enough to influence the end result), hence only percentage values will be displayed in the charts. For exact figures, see the raw data.

The results show PHPStorm coming in at first place in both the business and personal votes with Sublime Text and Netbeans pulling in behind for 2nd and 3rd. The post also shares comments from some of the votes, people adding some of their own thoughts and reasons for their choice of editor/IDE. Other tools that were mentioned include Vi, TextMate, Eclipse/PDT and Dreamweaver.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/best-php-ide-2014-survey-results/

Erika Heidi:
Vagrant Usage Research
January 27, 2014 @ 10:15:07

If you've never heard of the powerful tool and you need automation around creating and configuring multiple virtual machines, you really should check it out. If you're curious as to how it's being used and what kind of things it's used for, check out this new post from Erika Heidi based on some research she recently did (and a survey she received some good feedback to).

From 11 to 14 of January, 720 Vagrant users from different sources (Twitter, IRC and the official Vagrant mailing list) answered a quick form I created to find out how people are using Vagrant. I'm currently in the process of writing a LeanPub book about this tool, and I was really curious especially about the provisioners usage.

She's put together the results in the form of an easy to read infographic with details about:

  • The most popular provisioners
  • The percentage of boxes running with OS
  • The percentage of languages on the boxes
  • The OS most Vagrant users use

...and finally the answer(s) to the question of "why vagrant?" but I'll leave it to you to read the post to find out that one.

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Link: http://www.erikaheidi.com/2014/01/24/vagrant-usage-research/

Fortrabbit.com:
BETA survey results
August 28, 2012 @ 11:19:54

Fortrabbit.com has conducted a survey of developers world-wide about what kind of platform, tools and software they use in their development work. They've posted the results to their site today, the answers from about 160 different developers.

We have asked our readers a few questions on their PHP workflows, hosting and tools. We are very curious about this, because we want to build the best PHP PaaS for dev guys.

Some of the highlights from their findings include the large share of Zend Framework use, the predominant use of git for deployment, MySQL still being the database of choice and multi-stage deployment (environments) are a preferred setup. You can see the full results here [pdf].

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Symfony Blog:
The Symfony Community Survey 2012 The Results
July 27, 2012 @ 07:22:58

On the Symfony Blog there's a new post sharing the results of a recent poll they took of some of their developers covering things like job title, how long they've been working with Symfony and their work with the framework.

Before the Symfony Live Conference in Paris, we conducted the first Symfony community survey. The raffle winners will soon be contacted by Anne-Sophie. And without further ado, here are the survey results!

Results are posted both in numbers and in easy to read graphs to questions like:

  • What is your job?
  • How did you get to know symfony?
  • Do you use any other PHP framework/CMS?
  • What is the average size of projects that you/your company work on?
  • How do you get trained?

The last question is interesting - it asked the community how many would be interested in getting a Symfony certification. The results were almost broken into equal thirds of "yes", "no" and "somewhat interested. You can see the full results here.

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Zend:
Results from "Zend Developer Pulse" 2012 Survey Posted
June 27, 2012 @ 11:13:25

Zend has published the results of their "Developer Pulse" survey for 2012 - the product of a survey of over three thousand developers across the PHP community.

The summer 2012 edition of the Zend Developer Pulse™ survey shows that PHP is gaining prominence as a cloud application development language of choice. The combination of speed and ease of use enables developers to build and deploy PHP-based cloud applications quickly: more than half the developers surveyed indicated that the apps they are developing today are destined to be deployed in cloud environments.

You can view the full results of the report in this PDF which touches on topics like:

  • Developing in the cloud
  • Working with APIs
  • Versions of PHP developers are using
  • Tools & best practices
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Symfony Blog:
Symfony Community Survey 2012
May 16, 2012 @ 09:05:21

The Symfony Project is running a community survey for developers using the framework. It asks some generic questions including "how long have you been working with Symfony?" and "how did you get to know Symfony?"

Symfony 2.0 has been released for quite a long time now, and so we would like to conduct a quick survey to get a better understanding of the Symfony community. I'm going to use some of the aggregated results for my Symfony Live keynote, and all the aggregated results will be published on this blog after the conference.

If you're a SenseioLabs Connect user, you can also get a badge for participating and will be included in a giveaway for tshirts and hats.

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Larry Garfield's Blog:
PHP project structure survey
January 16, 2012 @ 13:08:38

Larry Garfield has posted the results of some of his research into popular PHP frameworks and projects and see how they handle their structure as it relates to the PSR-0 standard.

As Drupal is in the process of considering how to restructure code to best leverage the PSR-0 standard, I figured it would be wise to take a quick survey of how some other major projects organize their code bases. This is not a complete rundown of every project, simply roughly comparable notes for those areas Drupal is currently discussing. I am posting it here in the hopes that it will be useful to more than just Drupal.

The projects he looked to for his examples were:

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Zend:
Zend Takes The Pulse Of Developers In The APP Economy
January 12, 2012 @ 12:56:15

In this new press release Zend has announced the posting of the results from their "Zend Developer Pluse" survey - a survey taken of developers world-wide about their habits, preferences and desires.

Zend Technologies addresses [the question of how a new demand for a new generation of apps] in Zend Developer Pulse, a new survey series that takes the pulse of a vibrant community of developers from around the world. The company's first developer survey conducted in late November 2011 offers insights on emerging technology and career trends captured from 3,335 respondents. The findings are summarized in a report now available at [http://www.zend.com/topics/zend-developer-pulse-survey-report-0112-EN.pdf].

The press release mentions some of the details from the survey including that 66% of developers will be working with mobile app development projcts, that next-generation UI deveopment scored high in skillsets, there was a strong interest in cloud development and that there's been a strong rise in the need for PHP development skills in the last year.

You can read the entire report here.

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Zend:
Zend Reveals What Music Will Keep Developers Productive (and Happy) This Holiday
December 21, 2011 @ 10:06:59

In a new press release to their site, Zend teases at some of the results from their Zend Developer Pulse survey. In these results, they share what music developers prefer (according to the survey) for when they're developing.

The survey showed that as much as 86% of developers listen to music while coding. Of the major music genres, 42% of developers said they prefer coding to music of the rock/pop variety.

The results also included the top artists, some "guilty pleasure" choices and some of the least popular artists. The full results of this survey will be coming out in January 2012, giving a "developer perspective" on the current state of the industry, technology in general and their career.

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CodeIgniter.com:
PHP Framework Usage Survey
December 12, 2011 @ 12:34:10

As is mentioned on CodeIgniter.com, they've set up a survey to find out more information about how PHP are using frameworks.

The anonymous survey is very brief - just seven questions - and should take no more than five minutes or so to complete. The survey is open immediately and will remain open over the weekend.

The seven questions on the survey include questions about framework usage, sets of how you feel about different framework-related topics, what editor you usually use (and for how long), how you usually interact with Git/Github. Go and voice your opinion now!

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