Update: The survey has closed and you can have a look at the results here.
Yesterday I wrote a blog entitled ‘A New Java Library For Amazing Productivity‘, which was – in all honesty – a trap: a well-intentioned honey trap with the purpose of trying to convince developers that they should be looking at Scala and evaluating it on the merits of its potential to deliver productivity gains, just as they would with a library or framework, rather than discounting it because it’s a “language”.
One of the comments I received was from Stephan Schmidt who writes the ‘codemonkeyism’ blog. Stephan wrote:
The sad state of our industry: Folklore.
Huge claim: “A New Java Library for Amazing Productivity Posted on February 11, 2013″
No facts or numbers.
In my defense, the blog post had nothing to do with proving that Scala delivers huge productivity gains (though obviously I believe it does). It was just trying to get people to try it out rather than avoid it.
However, being a geek, I have trouble avoiding a challenge, so I’ve taken Stephan at face value and have committed myself to trying to gather some statistics on Scala and productivity.
Here’s my attempt: a short survey, just 8 multiple-choice questions, about Scala and productivity. My hope is that, if we can get as many Scala developers as possible answering the survey, we might get something useful out of it. My plan is to let it work its way around the web for about a week and then process the results and publish back here soon after.
Here is the URL to the survey: http://bit.ly/XuEP8r
I don’t normally ask people to forward my stuff, but please link, post, re-tweet and up-vote the survey as much as possible so we can get some good data:
Image credit: Robbie Veldwijk