Subject: Re: [xsl] New Developer Survey Shows XQuery Adoption Skyrocketing|
From: "Ragulf Pickaxe" <jawxml@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 10:42:01 +0000
Regards, 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 :).
3. Of the 550 people who submitted complete surveys, 477 indicated that they currently use or plan to use XQuery this year.
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 sizes.
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.  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.
Sincerely, Tony Lavinio Stylus Studio Principal Software Architect http://www.stylusstudio.com/