Ninety four percent (94%) of developers are actively developing with HTML5, or plan to do so by the end of 2012. Sixty three percent (63%) are using the technology today.
WALTHAM, MA (PRWEB) November 05, 2012
Taken in September, Kendo UI’s inaugural Global Developer Survey shows that developers are not taking a “wait and see” attitude to HTML5 development by any means. Despite the recent controversy surrounding HTML5’s capabilities and claims that it is overhyped, adoption and usage are actually on the rise for both mobile and desktop applications. The Developer Survey reveals the technology itself is the biggest factor influencing adoption and that browser fragmentation continues to be a concern. The full report is posted and available for download here: http://www.kendoui.com/surveys/html5-adoption-survey-2012.aspx.
HTML5 Adoption Timeline Moves Up
Kendo UI’s survey results directly contradict recent analyst forecasts citing that broad adoption of HTML5 is still 5 to 10 years out. In the survey, developers were asked about their HTML5 development plans, when they think the platform will be important for their job, and why they would choose HTML5 over other software development options. Below are key findings:
- Ninety four percent (94%) of developers are actively developing with HTML5, or plan to do so by the end of 2012. Sixty three percent (63%) are using the technology today.
- Eighty two percent (82%) of developers say HTML5 is important for their job immediately, or in the next 12 months, while another 13% say it will be important in the coming 12 to 24 months. This finding contradicts other industry research reports, such as the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies (2012), which pushed widespread HTML5 adoption 5 to 10 years into the future.
- The 6% of developers who have no plans for HTML5 in 2012 noted that it will become important to them in 12 to 24 months.
Debate Shifting to Adoption, Value and Long-Term Success
Throughout HTML5’s development, there has been a history of heated debate on issues such as HTML5 vs. native apps and W3C vs. WHATWG standards processes. Survey findings, however, show this debate shifting, as developers focus less on outside influences and more on the technology itself. Key findings include:
- Facebook’s decision to rewrite their HTML5 mobile iPhone app using mostly native code has had minimal influence on either adoption, or attitude toward adoption, of HTML5. In fact, 73% of developers surveyed say Facebook’s decision has had “little to no impact” on their confidence on future HTML5 adoption.
- When asked about the impact of the split between the W3C and WHATWG standards bodies, only 27% of developers reported a lot of concern, while 35% maintained little to no concern and 38% were unsure whether the change would impact their decision-making on HTML5.
- When asked their preference for W3C vs. WHATWG, developers voiced a 4:1 preference for W3C, a group known to evolve standards at a slower pace than the WHATWG. However, 41% had no preference whatsoever.
Browser Fragmentation Continues to be a Major Concern for Developers
The fragmented browser market is a technology issue that continues to be a factor for developers. Even as standards improve and browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer all race to implement them, developers face varying HTML5 support in a browser landscape that spans desktop and devices. Clearly, this is a concern for developers, who need to ensure a consistent user experience.
- When asked how concerned they are about browser fragmentation, given the split in the two standards bodies, 71% of developers expressed concern.
- On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), 14% of developers rated browser fragmentation a 10.
“Despite the very real concern over browser fragmentation, the Kendo UI survey reveals adoption and usage of HTML5 is on the rise, with ease-of-use, flexibility and economies of scale trumping outside influence in determining how development decisions are made across small and large enterprises,” said Todd Anglin, vice president of HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools at Telerik. “The survey underscores developer recognition of the need for a platform that can be used to develop software for a future dominated by no single operating system or computing form factor.”
How the Survey was Conducted
Telerik’s Kendo UI division surveyed 4,043 developers spanning different development environments, in the period between September 5 and September 26, 2012 regarding their usage, attitudes and expectations surrounding HTML5 and its widespread adoption for mobile development initiatives. The main objective was to have developers weigh in with their perspectives in order to determine real adoption patterns of HTML5.
About Kendo UI
About Telerik Telerik is a market-leading provider of end-to-end solutions for application development, software testing, agile project management, reporting, and content management across all major Microsoft development platforms. Telerik’s award-winning software development products enable enterprises and organizations of every size to generate tangible productivity gains, reduce time-to-market, and stay on time and under budget. With tens of thousands of users in more than 90 countries around the world, Telerik’s customers include numerous Fortune 2000 companies, academic institutions, governments, and non-profit organizations. For additional information about Telerik, please visit http://www.telerik.com or follow @telerik on Twitter.
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