Evans: Global Web 2.0 Use To Zoom n 2007

In 2007, Evans Data Corp. studies say enterprise devs with Web 2.0 skills in Ajax, RIA, REST and alike will enjoy great career benefits. Further, Evans says top ISVs and toolmakers are gearing up to support a variety of worldwide developer communities. IDN speaks with Evans' CEO John Andrews about 2007 dev trends, in advance of its annual Developer Relations event, March 1213.

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In 2007, Evans Data Corp. studies say enterprise devs with Web 2.0 skills in Ajax, RIA, REST and alike will enjoy great career benefits.

Here are some nuggets from a recent Evans data research report:



  • Close to half of developers surveyed say they are already working with AJAX or plan to do so in the coming year. The corporate and commercial sectors identify a 30% installed base and the possibility of growth toward a 50% to 60% adoption plateau.
  • REST [Representational State Transfer] in [enjoying] a 37% increase in use, with one out of four surveyed saying that they are considering RESTBased Web Services as a simpler alternative to SOAPbased services.



  • DN interviewed Evans' CEO John Andrews about 2007 dev trends, in advance of its annual Evans Developer Relations Conference.


    "This [Web 2.0] framework, now more than ever, is allowing developers the means to make webbased applications function more like desktop ones, said John Andrews, President of Evans Data.
    Further, Andrews also noted that Evans also found top ISVs and toolmakers are gearing up to support a variety of worldwide developer communities.



    The data comes as Andrews and his staff are preparing for their
    2007 Evans Developer Relations Conference, to be held March 1213 in Redwood City, Calif. The DRC explores issues important to ISVs and toolmakers looking to support healthy developer communities, by exploring Technology and Best Practices including latest techniques for offering downloads, SDKs and other essentials Recruiting Developers meeting developer needs, loyalty programs, internationalization and the Business of Developer Relations measuring benefits from dev programs, helping connect the value brought by dev programs to a company's business units.



    Integration Developer News interview with
    John Andrews, President
    Evans Data Corp.




    TOPIC: 2007 'Changing' Developer Environment

    IDN: The Evans Developer Conference program states you see a "changing developer population and demographics for 2007 and beyond." What are some implications for devs and ISV developer programs?



    Andrews: The developer population growth and demographics are quite different by region going forward North America, EMEA, APAC and Latin America. Therefore, to be successful on a global basis, developer programs must be localized [offering the developer a local focus], while leveraging back office infrastructure and processes to be as efficient as possible. In other words, building a world class developer program with global scale and local focus.



    TOPIC: Top 2007 Dev Opportunities

    IDN: Where does Evans see the most attractive opportunities facing devs in 2007? What about the most risky hazards?



    Andrews: The most attractive opportunities are associated with new technologies, especially web development. The growth of usage of AJAX and other scripting languages is especially significant proficiency with these technologies puts developers in demand.



    TOPIC: ISVs, Toolmakers Support for Devs

    IDN: Are vendor Developer Programs supporting these developer opportunities?



    Andrews All the major programs have embraced web technologies in a big way and consequently have content, tools and training easily accessible for developers.



    TOPIC: Growing Interest in Web 2.0, Scripting

    IDN: Dev and ISV interest in new lightweight technologies Spring, Hibernate, Ruby on Rails, etc. seems to be picking up, even among top Java vendors such as IBM, BEA, Oracle and Sun. Can Evans share any insights or stats on this trend?



    Andrews: We agree. Java is a 10plus year old language whose use has leveled in the last year or so. The lighter weight, easy to use and more adept for web development scripting languages have gained significant momentum and adoption.



    TOPIC: AJAX Drivers

    IDN: Evans' recentlyreleased North American Developer Survey sees momentum high in corporate use of Ajax, with "plenty of room to grow". What's driving that interest in Ajax, from devs, and corporate managers?



    Andrews: Yes, this framework is being adopted at a high rate in the corporation. [Evans found] it's because of Ajax capabilities to transform a typical web experience into a much more robust and personalized experience. This higher level of customer touch is important whether the client is external or an internal IT user.



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    To register or for more information on Evans' Developer Relations Conference March 1213, Redwood City, Calif.




    John F. Andrews is the President of Evans Data Corporation. He has served as CEO of range of IT companies, both private and public. Prior to this set of CEO assignments he was CIO of CSX Corporation, and was also a CIO and division President at several of GTEs operations. John also has deep experience in market research, having been the CEO of Giga Information Group before it was acquired by Forrester Research.



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