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Organization survey

Organization details

Please specify the countries where WebObjects developers in your organization are located.

Answer

# of respondants

# of developers

USA

32

141

Germany

13

36

Canada

10

32

United Kingdom

8

15

Australia

6

28

France

5

31

Mexico

4

17

India

3

11

Italy

3

3

Switzerland

3

6

Belgium

2

1

Brazil

2

5

Japan

2

3

Portugal

2

3

Bolivia

1

1

Denmark

1

2

Ecuador

1

2

Hong Kong

1

1

Hungary

1

1

Kenya

1

1

Netherlands

1

3

New Zealand

1

1

Philippines

1

3

Poland

1

3

Qatar

1

3

Russia

1

5

Slovakia

1

4

What is the size of your organization?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

SOHO (1 to 9 employees)

53%

54

Small business (10 to 99 employees)

25%

25

Medium business (100 to 999 employees)

8%

8

Enterprise (1000 to 4999 employees)

5%

5

Large enterprise (5000+)

2%

2

Government

1%

1

College/university

9%

9

K-12

0%

0

For how many years has your organization been using WebObjects?

Average of 5 years

Years range

# of respondants

0-2 years

16

3-5 years

28

6-9 years

29

10 years and more

28

Development

Which versions of WebObjects does your organization use? (Multiple answers)

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

5.4.x

71%

71

5.3.x

61%

63

5.2.x

18%

18

5.1.x

1%

1

5.0.x

0%

0

4.5.x (Objective-C)

7%

7

4.5.x (Java)

3%

3

Which platforms are used at your organization/department to develop with WebObjects? (Multiple answers)

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Mac OS X

96%

99

Windows

17%

17

Linux

15%

15

Solaris

1%

1

Which database systems does your organzation use with WebObjects?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

MySQL

47%

48

Oracle Database

33%

34

PostgreSQL

32%

33

FrontBase

28%

29

MS SQL Server

15%

15

OpenBase

14%

14

Sybase

4%

4

Ingres

1%

1

HSQLDB

1%

1

SimpleDB

1%

1

MaxDB

1%

1

Interbase

1%

1

If you are using commercial or free WebObjects frameworks not provided by Apple or your own, please specify which ones? (Multiple answers)

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Wonder

81%

83

GVC Frameworks

8%

8

Houdah Frameworks

7%

7

LEWOStuff

5%

5

WireHose

3%

3

WOX

3%

3

Cocktail Consortium

2%

2

Noxymo

1%

1

SVGObjects

1%

1

SOPE

1%

1

LSkit

1%

1

JBND

1%

1

Which is the primary IDE at your organization for WebObjects development?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Eclipse with WOLips

83%

85

Xcode

12%

12

Project Builder

2%

2

IntelliJ IDEA

2%

2

Java (Idea, Eclipse, etc.) IDE with the Standalone Entity Modeler application

1%

1

Jbuilder with WOLips

1%

1

Do you develop with other Apple technologies beside WebObjects?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Cocoa (Mac OS X)

60%

30

CocoaTouch (iPhone)

62%

31

AppleScript

36%

18

QuickTime

24%

12

Carbon

4%

2

Is WebObjects the primary Web (or Java desktop) development environnement at your organization?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

79%

77

No

21%

20

Use of WebObjects technologies

Does your organization use JavaClient?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

11%

11

No

89%

91

Does your organization use Direct To Web?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

31%

32

No

69%

70

Does your organization use Direct To Web Services?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

9%

9

No

91%

93

Does your organization consume Web Services (SOAP, REST, or other) using WebObjects?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

56%

57

No

44%

45

Does your organization provide Web Services (SOAP, REST, or other) using WebObjects?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

57%

58

No

43%

44

Does your organization deploy WebObjects applications as part of a SOA infrastructure?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

26%

27

No

74%

75

Does your organization use RIA technologies? If yes, which one(s). (Multiple answers)

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

It's plain old HTML for us

35%

36

AJAX (with Wonder)

59%

60

AJAX (without Wonder)

26%

27

Adobe Flex (without WOX)

8%

8

Adobe Flex (with WOX)

5%

5

Flash

2%

2

OpenLaszlo

1%

1

Mozilla XUL

1%

1

Cappucino

1%

1

GWT

1%

1

SproutCore

1%

1

JavaFX

0%

0

Microsoft SilverLight

0%

0

Does your organization has standardized on Maven for building your WebObjects applications?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

No, and we don't plan to use Maven

55%

55

No, but we are looking at using Maven

34%

34

Yes, we use Maven for building all of our WebObjects applications

6%

6

Yes, we use Maven for building some of our WebObjects applications

1%

1

Other

4%

4

Does your organization use a build system (Hudson, Continuum, etc.) for your WebObjects applications?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

19%

19

No

81%

82

HR/training

Does your organization require that candidates already have WebObjects knowledge?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

17%

16

No

83%

79

Do you have a hard time trying to find candidates with WebObjects knowledge?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

71%

66

No

29%

27

Is your organization considering dropping WebObjects because of the scarcity of WebObjects developers?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

18%

17

No

82%

79

Are you aware that a WebObjects conference, WOWODC, was held in 2007 and 2008?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

89%

89

No

11%

11

Deployment

What is your primary deployment platform?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Mac OS X Server

49%

48

RedHat or CentOS Linux

13%

13

Solaris

10%

10

Mac OS X "client"

9%

9

Windows

6%

6

Other Linux distribution

6%

6

FreeBSD

5%

5

SUSE Linux

0%

0

Other BSD distribution

0%

0

Does your organization deploy WebObjects applications in a J2EE container (Tomcat, Jboss, etc.)?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes, all of our applications are deployed in a J2EE container

6%

6

Yes, some of our applications are deployed in a J2EE container

20%

19

No, we never deploy applications in a J2EE environment

74%

72

WebObjects future

Does your organization develop with another Web technology beside WO? (Multiple answers)

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

We only use WebObjects

41%

40

PHP

27%

26

Ruby On Rails

14%

14

.NET

9%

9

J2EE Web framework (Spring, Struts, Tapestry, JSF, ...)

21%

20

J2EE Persistence-Layer framework (Hibernate, Cayenne, ...)

16%

16

PERL

8%

8

Python

2%

2

Django

2%

2

Other

8%

8

Did your organization was developping with another Web technology before starting using WebObjects? (Multiple answers)

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

We started with WebObjects

56%

54

PHP

16%

16

Ruby On Rails

3%

3

.NET

5%

5

J2EE Web framework (Spring, Struts, Tapestry, JSF, ...)

12%

12

J2EE Persistence-Layer framework (Hibernate, Cayenne, ...)

6%

6

PERL

11%

11

Other

18%

17

Does your organization still use WebObjects for new projects?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

90%

87

No

4%

4

Other

6%

6

Does your organization plan to stop using WebObjects in the next 12 months?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

No

88%

85

Yes

4%

4

Maybe, it depends of the feature set of newer releases

8%

8

Individual Survey

How many years of IT experience do you have?

Average of 13 years

How many years of WO experience do you have?

Average of 6 years

Years range

# of respondants

0-2 years

18

3-5 years

24

6-9 years

34

10 years and more

20

Please rate your WebObjects knowledge

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Novice

10%

10

Intermediate

41%

39

Advanced

49%

47

What kind of programming background did you have before learning WebObjects?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

C/C++

66%

63

Standard Java (JRE)

57%

54

Objective-C (Cocoa, NeXTStep, OpenStep, YellowBox)

27%

26

PHP

26%

25

PERL

18%

17

J2EE (Spring, Struts, JSF, etc.)

15%

14

None

6%

6

.NET

4%

4

Other, please specify

29%

28

How much % of your time in your work week do you develop with WebObjects?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Less than 25%

23%

22

Between 25% and 49%

18%

17

Between 50% and 75%

17%

16

More than 75%

43%

41

Which problems did you have while learning WebObjects?

Answer

# of respondants

Lack of documentation

21

Mastering the toolchain

8

Learning the concepts (EOF, components, etc.)

23

Lack of tutorials/code

12

How did you start using WebObjects?

Answer

# of respondants

Took a new job where WO is used

34

Learn about it on Apple's (or NeXT) Web site

23

Found it in the dev tools and was curious

12

Other, please specify

9

Read about it on an another Web site outside of Apple or NeXT

5

Word of mouth/friend

5

Worked at NeXT/Apple

4

Learn about it at WWDC

3

Read about it in a magazine

2

Local user group presentation/demo

2

Read about it on wocommunity.org

1

books in local bookstore

1

Wonder Survey

Does your applications and frameworks extends from ERXSession and/or ERXApplication ?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes, all of them

60%

54

Yes, some of them

26%

23

None of them

14%

13

Do you use Wonder in Maven-managed projects ?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

8%

7

No

92%

81

Do you use Wonder in J2EE (servlet) deployed applications ?

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

Yes

25%

22

No

75%

66

Which versions of WebObjects do you use with Wonder? (Multiple answers)

Answer

Percentage

# of respondants

5.4

74%

66

5.3

56%

50

5.2

4%

3

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