1218 people responded, which is up from 151 last year.
Note that many of the questions allowed multiple responses, which is why the percentages might not add up to 100%.
Testing and Debugging
Firebug is the most popular web-oriented debugger, at 78%. Second was WebKit, with 49%. As I’d expect people are using multiple tools to debug their browser-based code, but given the popularity of Chrome and Safari I thought Firebug’s lead might have been less far ahead.
Firebug is also the most popular benchmarking tool (71%). 12% benchmark based on unit tests.
Static Analysis, Packaging
A huge amount of people are using JSLint, with a 95% share of those who use some form of static analysis.
As for minifying code, 50% of people use YUI Compressor, and 41% use Closure Compiler. JSMIN seems to be losing popularity, with 25%.
Hosting and Collaboration
75% of respondents use GitHub to find code, which beats search engines at 68%. 38% use news sites like reddit and Hacker News. GitHub is also the preferred hosting service, with 86%. Launchpad, Codaset, and Codebase have a handful of votes each.
PHP is the most popular language among our readers, at 46%. Ruby is second at 33%, and Java is third at 25%. Python is ahead of the C-family of languages, including Objective-C, at 24%.
The strong interest in Node leads me to believe that we’ll see a lot of startups working with Node or providing services for the Node community in the near future. If you’re working in this area why not meet up with us for beers to discuss your next project?