Developer Insights

State of the Web Survey by Web Directions

Posted in Accessibility, Browsers, web development, Web Standards by Ricardo Alves on January 10, 2009

Web Directions published the results of the State of the Web Survey, which tries to “(…) get a sense of the philosophies and techniques as well as the technologies, that web designers and developers are using today.”

Although the results are not surprising, there are some interesting data that’s worth note:

  • Mac OS X 10.5 is the primary operating system, followed by Windows XP.
  • Firefox 3 is the primary browser used by developers to surf the web.
  • Most tested browsers in web development are Firefox 3, IE 7, IE 6 and Safari.
  • Most used HTML style tags attributes are width, height, cellspacing and cellpadding.
  • A developers majority follows a development approach that considers consistency across browsers important, and so providing features not supported on all browsers, but making sure it works on the non-supported ones.
  • A large majority leaves IE problems to the end, developing according to W3C standards and only then working around IE.
  • JQuery is the most used javascript library.
  • In respect to the software used on servers, Apache stands as the primary web server, Linux as the choice for the OS, MySQL is the preferred DBMS and PHP the most used programming language.

Of course, we must also keep in mind that the Web Directions’ audience is not an accurate sample of the whole web development world. It’s composed of web developers and designers that are mostly well informed about web standards and accessibility, which explains some of the trends.