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Results of StackOverflow developer survey

From: Clément Pit--Claudel
Subject: Results of StackOverflow developer survey
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:04:35 +0200
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Hi emacs-devel,

StackOverflow (a programming Q&A website) recently run a user survey, including 
a question about IDEs; they got about 50'000 responses.

The results are at 
 . About 5% of programmers who care to share use Emacs as one of their IDEs; 
the most popular are Visual Studio and Notepad++ (35% each), followed by 
SublimeText, Vim, Eclipse, IntelliJ, and others (Emacs is #15 on that list).

Interestingly, the 2015 survey at 
https://stackoverflow.com/research/developer-survey-2015#tech-editor mentioned 
that “Data scientists and machine learning developers are about 3 times more 
likely to use Emacs than any other type of developer.” I wonder why (and I 
wonder how significant that result it).

I'm surprised by how high Notepad++ ranks; I don't know much about the other 
editors (apart for Visual Studio and Eclipse). I wonder if these results 
reflect the popularity of certain languages; for example, Visual Studio does 
have features that Emacs lacks for .Net development (is it the same for 
Eclipse|IntelliJ/Java?). On the other hand, Vim and Notepad++ don't fall in 
that category.


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