Developers Say Java Is Tops for Web Services

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Evans Data Corp. has released a new Web Services Development Survey, which shows that Web services developers favor the Java language in five of the six categories of Web services features.

 

 

 

Java won out in the following categories: flow control; syntax; object/memory separation; easy access to libraries; and tight integration with XML. The one category Java didn’t win was tight integration with SOAP, where it came in second, behind Microsoft’s C#. 

 

 

 

The survey is based on 400 interviews from October 2003 with developers who are working on Web services projects.

 

 

 

The survey also reported that Web services projects are mainly taking place in-house. Only 14 percent of the projects rely on third-party consultants. Of the respondents, 68 percent never plan to use third-party consultants for their Web services projects.

 

 

 

Developers also reported that the Web services development environment must adhere to Web services standards. Thirty-one percent of developers cited this as the most important characteristic of the Web services development environment. Twenty-four percent named the integration of multiple architectures as the most important characteristic, and 23 percent named easy integration  with Web application servers.

 

 

 

Evans Data also has also done some interesting surveys on what developers think about Linux, most recently reporting that more developers think Linux is secure than Windows XP.

 

 

Find more of this information at www.evansdata.com.

Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at ehollis@certmag.com. 

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