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Tuesday, September 28, 2004This year's programming survey reveals developers’ conservative side - to make the most of what you've got.The Java and Windows platforms continue to dominate the developer market this year.Infoworld's survey says, Microsoft tops the list of preferred vendors, with 80 percent of those surveyed acknowledging that Redmond supplies some of their development tools. The next three vendors on the list -- Oracle (Profile, Products, Articles), IBM (Profile, Products, Articles), and Sun, in that order -- primarily supply tools for Java development.C and C++ made a strong showing once again, proving that compiled languages for systems programming are still core to the IT operations of many enterprises.Among more traditional enterprise technologies, one important trend is the ascendancy of Microsoft's .Net platform over "classic" Windows APIs. This year, 53 percent of respondents cite .Net as their preferred development framework or API, knocking older Win32 technologies such as COM and DCOM out of the top spot to a level below both J2EE and Unix/Linux. Another 51 percent say they will increase usage of .Net in the next 12 months.Java remains survey participants' top pick among programming languages, less than half the respondents rank J2EE among their frameworks or APIs of choice. Presumably the rest of the Java developers prefer traditional APIs and non-J2EE servers, such as Apache Tomcat.A resounding 71 percent say they will increase use of XML -the structured markup language.XML goes hand-in-hand with Web services,Forty-one percent report they currently have projects underway involving SOAP, UDDI, WSDL, or WS-Security. SOA initiatives have not gained much traction with developers.If any single conclusion can be drawn from this year's survey results, it's that IT organizations continue to place emphasis on integration and consolidation, rather than launching extensive new projects. While there are many CIO level surveys about the initiatives being funded and planned pointing to emerging tremds, this survey is unique in that this find out what is currently being engaged and quite informative.
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