2012 State of Clojure survey

I’ve run “State of Clojure” surveys for each of the last two years (see results from 2010 and 2011), and the time has come for the 2012 edition.

The survey itself is embedded below.  It will remain open for input for approximately a week, until ~Thursday, July 26th.

A lot has happened over the past year: the first two non-Conj Clojure conferences (Clojure/West and EuroClojure) went off to great popular acclaim, Clojure 1.4.0 was released, more Clojure books have been published, and more and more people continue to be drawn into the language’s orbit.  The apparent vector of progress and activity seems to be approximately the same as it was when I wrote up the first State of Clojure survey:

The Clojure community is larger than it ever has been, and shows no sign of slackening its growth.  It seems like now would be a good time to take stock of where the community is, how people came to use Clojure, and how it’s being used in the world.

Hopefully enough responses will come through that we’ll be able to get a good picture of the current state of affairs, and maybe a little insight into where Clojure can and should make headway in the future.

As before, I will post again sometime shortly after the survey closes with all of the captured data, some pretty charts, and whatever attempts at witty, (un?)biased commentary I can come up with.  ;-) It would be great to see some follow-on analyses using the raw data: e.g., people doing game development are really unhappy with the state of libraries in their chosen domain; or, maybe people doing mobile development are starting to seriously look at some particular Clojure implementation. Who knows what interesting tidbits might rise to the surface if someone really dug into the data…

Finally, please do what you can to spread around this survey to those that you know of that are working with Clojure — really, in any capacity.  You’ll find various social media chicklets at the bottom of this post if you want the lazy way out.

The survey is now closed.  I’ll be posting the results and my pithy analysis sometime next week…

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4 Responses to 2012 State of Clojure survey

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  2. Alan Shaw says:

    Hi Chas,
    The second question allows only certain answers, those in the dropdown list. My primary language, because that’s what I’m currently paid to do, is ActionScript.

    • Chas Emerick says:

      Yeah, there’s no way to add an “other” option to that type of field in the Google spreadsheet form, and exhaustively listing all programming languages ends up screwing up chart generation (i.e. 30 more languages, each with 1 or 2 “votes”, doesn’t seem to go over well in the resulting chart).

      Though it’s not equivalent, choosing JavaScript in your case is probably most reasonable. If two or three others mention that they would have chosen ActionScript, then I’ll add it to next year’s listing. :-)

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