Stack Overflow are doing their developer survey again. I only wrote down some of my responses, and not which section they appeared in (whoops). I’ve arranged them into what I think makes sense.
Multiple choice: development
Which of the following options best describes you today? I am not primarily a developer, but I write code sometimes as part of my work.
Do you code as a hobby? Yes.
How often do you contribute to open source? Less than once a month but more than once per year.
How do you feel about the quality of open source software (OSS)? The quality of OSS and closed source software is about the same.
What is your favorite music artist or genre that helps you focus? Michael Franks, and the former Whole Wheat Radio catalogue.
What is the worst new dev technology everyone currently uses? Electron They didn’t ask this, but they should have. –ed
Multiple choice: work
What was your main or most important field of study? Information systems, information technology, or system administration
What are your greatest challenges to productivity as a developer?: Not enough people for the workload, and Non-work commitments. Though describing life outside of work as a challenge to productivity seems to bely a misunderstanding of life-work balance. –ed
Where would you prefer to work? Other place, such as a coworking space or cafe
Think back to the last time you updated your resumé, CV, or an online profile on a job site. What is the PRIMARY reason that you did so? I had a negative experience or interaction at work.
Multiple choice: platforms
What is the primary operating system in which you work? BSD.
How do you use containers (Docker, Open Container Initiative (OCI), etc.)? Testing, and Outside of work, for personal projects. I wish I could have said FreeBSD Jails; 2018 was a turning point for my use of them. –ed
How is your organization thinking about or implementing blockchain technology? Not at all.
Blockchain / cryptocurrency technology is primarily: An irresponsible use of resources.
Multiple choice: grab bag
Do you think people born today will have a better life than their parents? Yes. But what a loaded question! This could easily fill dozens of blog posts. –ed
What individual person do you think will have the most influence in tech in the coming year? Giovanni Buttarelli. The EU Privacy Commissioner. –ed
Are you the “IT support person” for your family? Also Yes. You’re doing yourself a great disservice if you haven’t seen Archer. –ed
Have you tried turning it off and on again? Yes.
What social media site do you use the most? LINE.
Do you prefer online chat or IRL conversations? In real life (in person). Though I prefer neither when I need introvert time. –ed
What do you call it? Username
Tech we use
These questions asked what we used last year, and what we want to use next year; the latter for me was a superset of the former so I de-duped. Items in blue had to be manually specified.
Worked in: Bash/Shell, HTML/CSS, Perl, Ruby, SQL
Want to: Rust
Worked in: HBase, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite
Want to: Percona.
Worked in: AWS, Docker, FreeBSD, Linux, NetBSD, OrionVM, Raspberry Pi.
- Web frameworks
Worked in: Ruby on Rails
Want to: Catalyst.
- Development environments
Worked in: Vim, nvi.
Worked in: Ansible, Puppet.
These were text fields.
Why haven’t you ever contributed a Q&A to Stack Overflow? Corrosive community and “why?” answers, though I’ve posted on other Stack Exchange sites.
If you could change anything about Stack Overflow, what would it be? Friendlier, less dimissive admins and users, fewer automatically-closed questions.
Thank you for taking the survey. Do you have any feedback or thoughts you’d like to share? Have Perl for languages, and FreeBSD Jails as a container option.