Re: [xsl] New Developer Survey Shows XQuery Adoption Skyrocketing

Subject: Re: [xsl] New Developer Survey Shows XQuery Adoption Skyrocketing
From: "Ragulf Pickaxe" <jawxml@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 10:42:01 +0000
I have not read your survey, but from how you use the data that you have gotten out of the survey, I would recommend reading:

(For a quick introduction to questionnaire design, which explains many of the pitfalls and how to avoid them:)
W.E.C Gillham: "Developing a Questionnaire" (Real World Research)

(Other books on the subject that I know about:)
William Foddy: "Constructing Questions for Interviews and Questionnaires: Theory and Practice in Social Research"
A. N. Oppenheim: "Questionnaire Design, Interviewing and Attitude Measurement"

Ragulf Pickaxe :-)

Here is the methodology we used:

1. We emailed over 75,000 IT professionals, and also had the
   survey posted on our website.  We obtained email address from
   tradeshow lists, direct marketing lists, registered customers
   and our entire customer prospect list.  We did not as some
   have suggested ask just the XQuery SIG :).

2. 550 completed surveys were submitted.

3. Of the 550 people who submitted complete surveys, 477
   indicated that they currently use or plan to use XQuery this

4. This is a huge sample size...  to put things in perspective,
   last year, media news outlets were trying to determine the
   outcome of the US presidential election using smaller sample

As the survey results show - respondents turned out to be a very
well distributed sampling.  In terms of Job Titles, we got
everything from Student to CEO. Industry break-down was across
the board across two dozen vertical industries, and company size
was evenly distributed between small, medium, and large
companies.  Furthermore, our numbers are not too far off from
what a 2005 Evans Data study revealed - that 44% of developers
are already using or plan to use XQuery. [2]  Perhaps try
averaging the two survey findings if that suits you better.

In summary - while we encourage other vendors on this list to
conduct their own surveys, we stand behind our own survey results
- we believe that XQuery adoption is real.  And amazingly so,
since the standard is still a draft.

[1] survey1 (at)

Tony Lavinio
Stylus Studio Principal Software Architect

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