What did developers have to say about our Q2 2020 survey?

Do we read your feedback? Yes we do! We LOVE to see what our community has to say and always invite feedback in our surveys.

Our 19th Developer Survey was no different. 17,241 developers took part from 165 countries and 8,200 participants left feedback. We asked developers if there was anything we forgot to ask, whether they enjoyed the experience and how we can improve in our next Developer Economics Survey. This is what they said:

developer feedback

We loved hearing from our community and our team are taking on board all your comments to make our 20th survey even better. Did we say 20th? Yes that’s right, standby for our anniversary survey! To ensure that you are notified when it’s live, sign up. Don’t forget to make sure the survey notification option is ticked, so we can email you when we are ready. 


Let the survey feedback begin

The Developer Economics Survey Q4 2019 has just closed and we couldn’t be more excited to see what our community has to tell us, not only through the survey but also through its valuable feedback comments.

Οur mission is to help the world understand developers and developers explore current trends in their industry. In order to get there, we run global surveys twice a year to explore trends across different areas of development, such as mobile, industrial IoT, ARVR, web and many more. We include hobbyists, professionals and students making sure our sample is as inclusive and diverse as possible wave on wave.

In total, we had 7,316 feedback comments from survey participants. Once more, our team took the time to read each and every comment! We have to admit, there are some pretty good ideas in there. We are currently assessing and evaluating the suggestions we received, hoping to include as many improvements as we can during our next survey wave.

Bottom line is we really appreciated every comment we received. The suggestions help us evolve, the positive comments really boost our mood, the negative ones make us work harder and the funny ones… let’s just say they are the highlights of our day.

Feedback from Developer Economics Q4 2019 Survey

Some were great suggestions:

  • Add keyboard controls to the survey to let me fill it out quicker.
  • As a follow up on my last survey suggestion, in which I suggested making your survey less visually bland by adding some backgrounds in place of stark white; I would like to add, making them seasonal background designs. Aesthetics is the key to development.
  • There used to be jokes in these, you should add them back. You also used to add a profile with a character in these, would love if that were back too.
  • Ask about ethics/privacy stuff, e.g. how are you feeling about the way the company you work for treats its user’s data.

Some were great to read:

  • I love you
  • Amazing experience! sharing it.
  • Great survey! Fun and educational
  • This was the most thorough survey I’ve ever completed. To the point and crisp questions. Wonderful job!!
  • I might sound blunt and rude but I had never heard of developer economics, previously. But I’m impressed by the smart selection of questions for this survey and the overall experience on your site has been awesome. Surely gonna remember developer economics
  • “console.log(“that was a great time.. I enjoyed answering.. Thank you!!”);”
  • The survey is one of the ways to reach millions of people and hear diversify opinions. Kudos to the organizers

And some just made us laugh:

  • Ale, you understand the ending of Evangelion? 
  • I’m sorry but I will not be able to pay 
  • as I said, fluffy support kittens. 
  • Delicious survey^^

During each survey wave, there are a few recurring comments we receive. The more prevailing have to do with the survey length – it’s long – and with our purpose. It’s not always easy to address each one separately, so we went ahead and created a blog post answering all these questions. We asked our Director of Research to create this with special care for our developer community. You can find it here.

Finally, now that the survey is closed, we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey and share their comments with us. We promise to use all this insightful feedback to improve our future surveys.

Stay tuned for our upcoming State of the Developer’s Nation Report 18th edition which will be published by the end of this month. You will find it here as for our previous reports too.

Did you think of anything post-survey? Please do feel free to share with us.


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Bug fixes, fresh knowledge, kittens and beer: What devs want from Developer Economics

Developer Economics is the largest developer research program, engaging thousands of developers of all shapes and sizes across the globe. We are the analyst of the developer economy, answering “what do devs want?”.

Twice per year, during the Developer Economics Survey, developers from all over the world, from all areas of coding, have their say in crucial matters around the developer community and share their views to shape the future of coding. The mission of Developer Economics is to “Help the world understand developers and developers understand the world”.

The Q2 2019 DE Survey, was launched on the 19th of June and was officially closed on August 13th. During this time, the developer community supported our mission not only by taking the survey but also by providing insightful & valuable feedback.

In total, we received over 5,100 messages as feedback. Our team read through all of the comments, shortlisted improvements that we want to include in our future surveys and we are currently assessing them to prioritize implementation for our next wave. We received a lot of suggestions about new questions we could include, concerns about the length of our survey, and we were informed about a few bugs or translation problems some of our users ran into. We also received a lot of enthusiastic comments thanking us for the survey and we were excited to read that a lot of the participants learned from our survey as well! A few devs asked us for more kittens while others requested for some beer!

Here are a few of these that we found rewarding:

“Nothing was left out!”
“Looks good to me. It was a detailed survey which covered almost every aspect of a programmer’s life 🙂 Best of luck for future endeavours!” – Siddhesh, India
“Thanks for doing all this work. Good luck on collating all the data and building the report. Really looking forward to the results!”
“What your doing right now is pretty good, keep doing it”
“[…]I love the effort put in by developers economics I am totally grateful that I and my fellow developers in Nigeria and the rest of the world were given this opportunity to express ourselves. Whenever the survey is opened I will love to be part of it again and help spread it.” – Okpako Moses, Nigeria

A few insightful:

“Should create more questions for beginners like me. Thank you.”
“Adding a section for Open Source Software will help a lot next time.” – Kenji Rikitake, Japan
“More jokes” – Camilo Cervantes Salazar, Colombia
“Already great, maybe a much dynamic UI”
“Have a dark theme on your survey website for all of the dark theme-loving developers ;)”

And here are some we thought are hilarious:

“Needs pictures of cats.”
“Free beer”
“What the f**k”

This is only a tiny sample of all the feedback we receive every day here during the surveys and we are happy to read every single one of them! We may not be perfect yet, but with your help, we are improving after each survey wave. So, thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts and “what devs want”.

What else do devs want?

We like to give back to all the developers who took the time to participate in our survey. We will run our prize draws and announce the winners early in September, so keep an eye out for that! All survey participants will have early access to our State of Developer Nation Report 17th Edition, which will be published shortly after and will contain all key findings from this survey. Didn’t take part but want to receive a copy of the free report? Sign up here to receive access when it’s live.

From all of us at Developer Economics, thank you! Your contribution means a lot to us. We hope to see you again in our next survey.