Monday, January 12, 2009

The State of the Web

As a practising software engineer it is important for you to keep abreast of what is going on in the business, especially in the fast-changing world of web application development. The State of the Web 2008 survey gives us an idea of what it going on now with the early-adopter web developers (both web designers and web developers).

A couple of findings are especially relevant for this class:

  1. 95% are Javascript developers, and more than half of them are using it for complex interactions or AJAX. Javascript is a basic skill you need to master.
  2. The jquery library is used overwhelmingly. Looks like we will be learning jquery this semester.
  3. Linux and Unix dominate the server room along with apache, as always. Your time spent learning linux basics will be well rewarded.

If you want to more data on which servers and OS are popular on the web, check out the Netcraft survey

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