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Summary of the survey - Part 1: demographics

From: Sean A C.
Sent on: Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:50 AM
As promised at Thursday's meetup, here's a summary of the survey results, including topic suggestions.

We had 52 responses (from a potential 700 or so members of the group).

Usage of Clojure at work:

Nearly 70% of respondents are either evaluating Clojure or already using it for work projects. Much higher than I expected. This is good news because one of the more popular topic suggestions was to talk about Clojure "in the wild" and cover deployment and management / organization of larger code bases...

Development platform:

Just over 70% using Macs. Just under 25% using Linux. That leaves three people using Windows. No real surprises there but it is indicative of why the experience on Windows lags behind Mac/Linux (although it has gotten substantially better recently, IMO).

Primary editor / IDE:

90% of respondents use a text editor, rather than an IDE. Emacs dominates (65%) with Vim in not very close second place (15%) and another 10% of "other". Just two people using Eclipse / CounterClockWise, and two using IntelliJ. A couple of people asked for IDEs to be covered and one asked for "tooling" in general, but most of the tooling-related requests were around nREPL.

Format of meetups:

The overwhelming majority of respondents like the lecture format with either one main talk (73%) or several shorter talks (63%). About a third would like lightning talks (with plenty of Q&A) and about a third would like group hackathons. If someone wants to tackle the logistics of organizing some group hackathon events, I'd be happy to support them but I'm not sure myself how to handle that!

Based on that, I plan to keep the meetup format the "same" with one or two topics per month in San Francisco. As noted on Thursday, there's also the monthly Dojo (in San Francisco) and the monthly meetup in San Mateo (hosted by Runa). In addition there are meetups for Datomic and for Storm:

http://www.meetup...­ - San Francisco meetup (1st Thursday), Dojo (4th Tuesday), and San Mateo meetup (3rd Thursday).

http://www.meetup...­ - San Mateo (2nd Thursday)

http://www.meetup...­ - no regular date yet, location varies

Part 2 will cover the actual topic suggestions!

Sean A Corfield -- (904) 302-SEAN
An Architect's View -- http://corfield.o...­

"Perfection is the enemy of the good."
-- Gustave Flaubert, French realist novelist [masked])

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