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Re: Results of StackOverflow developer survey,Results of StackOverflow d

From: Chris Zheng
Subject: Re: Results of StackOverflow developer survey,Results of StackOverflow developer survey
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:48:47 +0800

Hello Clément,
> 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 
> https://stackoverflow.com/research/developer-survey-2016#technology-development-environments
>  . 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.

I’m a former Notepad++ user. In my opinion, the Notepad++ ranks 1st because:

1) It targets MS-Windows. The MS-Windows users are huge, so there are many 
potential users.
2) It likes Notepad, the default editor in MS-Windows. So learning Notepad++ is 
not a problem.
3) It is fast and light.
4) It can support a wide range of languages.

Hope this helps,
> Clément.

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