In 2005, we have conducted again a survey on the use of PowerBuilder.
More than to 3000 people of all nationalities have participated!
You'll find here the first results to the following questions:
- How long do companies intend to use PowerBuilder?
- What are the new tools frequently used?
- What development tools are/will be used at the same time as PB ?
- To what extend will PowerBuilder be used for web development?
- ... and lots more!
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Few users say they have stopped using PowerBuilder...
then of course those who answer our questions are those who
Nevertheless, these current PowerBuilder users plan on using it for quite a few more years: 76% declare they will be using it for more than the next two years.
There is an interesting change regarding new applications
developed in PowerBuilder.
In 2003 6 % of the participants said they were only working on new applications (None in 2002).
After a strong increase last year (an additional 5 points in 2004) the trend seems to stabilise in 2005, 12% work solely on new PowerBuilder projects.
The difference between the USA and the rest of the world is stronger in 2005; as we said 12% in the world have been only developing in PowerBuilder compared to only 3% in the USA (There was 4 points difference in 2004 between these two results)
The number of small teams (1 to 3 developers)
has increased; from 38% in 2004 to 44% in 2005. PB is still
nevertheless also used by large teams (State agencies or private
companies): 47% of the teams recruit 4 to 20 developers.
PowerBuilder 9 is used by 40% of the respondents
while 22 % still work with PB8
and 24 % with previous versions which are not supported by Sybase anymore.
The number of developers using PB10 has already increased from 1% en 2004 to 13% this year.
Finally, nearly half of the participants plan to migrate to a more recent version of PB.
Most PowerBuilder projects used Stored Procedures (83%).
Unsurprisingly most of them 52% use Sybase's language: Transac SQL.
Still PL SQL is used for 29% of the PB applications.
The use of PowerBuilder for Web development
was quite stable for 2 years; today there is a slight decline:
15% of the users use PowerBuilder to develop their web application
(18% in 2004).
On the contrary the number of people who intend to develop all or part of their web application with PowerBuilder in the future has increased from 50 to 55% since last year’s results.
9% of the participants use PocketBuilder
to develop their mobiles applications.
41% of them plan in using it in the future.
7% of the participants use DW.Net for the
development of their .NET applications.
46% of theses respondents plan on using it in the future.
54% answered Microsoft which is close to the 2004 results.
Java gains 2 points from the 2004 answers and is the leading
answer with Microsoft in our survey this year with 54%.
On the whole companies confirm they will be using different tools simultaneously.
A massive majority of developers answers
Among the improvements mentioned the most expected one is a better integration to .NET (50%) closely followed by the wish for Windows Graphical Objects improvements and those of PowerScript (46%). It is interesting to learn about the remaining answers as they represent 33%.
Although there is a slight decrease in the
rate of satisfaction, in average, PowerBuilder was marked
- 33 % are very satisfied (9/10 & 10/10), compared to 39% in 2004 but only 23% in 2003 and 18% in 2002.
- 16% are not satisfied (marks between 0/10 and 6/10) when it was 12% in 2004, 18% in 2003 and 17% in 2002.