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Developers Seek Social Networking in Developer Sites

Two-thirds of developers now want and expect social networking features to be included in developer relations websites, according to Evans Data’s new Developer Relations Survey. The survey of over 400 software developers also found that developer activity in social networks has increased by over 60 percent in the last two years, and that 74 percent visit social networks at least several times a week.

"Social networking transformed the landscape of the web and developers have embraced the paradigms that define a social network." said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. "We’ve seen the interest level in social features rise dramatically among software developers in the last two years, until now any vendor with a developer program had better be providing features to stimulate an active social community."

The survey also showed that the most important features that developers look for in social networks are related to active communication with peers such as blogs, chat, and an active community, while tagging, dashboards, and bookmarks are less important.

The Evans Data Developer Relations survey is conducted annually and covers a diverse set of subjects related to developer relations programs, including membership and pricing, tools and SDKs, distribution channels and stores, training and certification. Evans Data will be hosting the 8th annual Developer Relations Conference in Redwood City on 12-13 March.

Developers Rank AT&T Best in Mobile App Distribution

When asked to rank the capabilities that carriers offer to developers, those in North America ranked AT&T better than all competitors in four essential areas, according to Evans Data.

AT&T was ranked best in Mobile Application Distribution by 37 percent - almost twice as many Sprint, which was rated second in that category. Twenty-six percent chose AT&T as having the best Tool Offerings – almost a quarter more than T-Mobile, the next choice. AT&T also edged out Verizon as the carrier with the best Supported Technologies and the best Market Potential. When all four categories were combined, AT&T was selected as tops by almost twice as many developers than the next closest competitor, Verizon.

“AT&T has been diligent in creating a full service developer program, and obviously values developers and understand their importance” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp. “Of course the exclusive arrangement with Apple helped them gain steam in app distribution and market potential and that edge may disappear now, but the all important basics like tool offerings and supported technologies are a notch above at AT&T according to North American mobile developers.”

The Mobile Development survey is conducted twice a year and focuses on mobile development on a worldwide basis. It includes such as topics as platforms, APIs, app stores and application distribution, and other mobile development topics. Other highlights from this annual survey include:

---Seventy-three percent of mobile developers plan to extend enterprise apps to mobile devices in the next 12 months.

---Java is the most targeted platform with 62 percent currently creating mobile Java apps – more than iPhone, Android, or any other platform.

---Seventy-six percent are concerned about government interference in the mobile market, and 32% are very concerned.

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