npm install run time, the State of JS survey will be there to ask developers about which frameworks, features and librairies they use.
In fact, you can take this year's survey right now! Go ahead, I'll be right here waiting for you. Or, read on to learn more about what's new this year.
So what's Devographics exactly? Is it a company? A non-profit? A dance crew? For now, let's just call it a collective, currently centered around myself and Eric Burel, with other members such as Alexey Pyltsyn, Chris Kirk-Nielsen, Kilian Valkhof, and Lea Verou pitching in when they can.
A big complaint about previous surveys was the requirement to sign up for a user account. Good news, you can now take the survey without signing up!
But there's more: even if you do sign up, we will store a hash of your email address and immediately delete the email itself. This means that you can create an account (for example, in order to access or delete your data in the future), and still remain entirely anonymous.
And even if you sign up to be notified when the survey results come out, we'll forward your email to our newsletter provider and then –you guessed it– immediately delete it from our own records.
Starting this year, we've removed the back-end section entirely and replaced it with a Rendering Frameworks section.
Don't worry though, the back-end frameworks are not completely gone: they still have their own question in the "Other Tools" section.
And who knows, maybe one day there will be a "State of Node.js" survey…
Ranking a list of items isn't as simple as it seems. I'm personally not a fan of drag-and-drop reordering lists, as not only do they take a lot of work to get right, they can also lead to a lot of agonizing over small rank differences that don't end up meaning much when all the data is aggregated.
For that reason, last year we introduced our "tournament bracket" question type which randomly generates an 8-item bracket and lets you pick the "winner" of each match-up. But many respondents pointed out that this often forces you to make unfair choices and eliminate important items right from the start, if you get a bad starting line-up.
So this year we're trying something much simpler: just pick your top 3 most important items. Let us know which format you prefer!
One new dataset I'm particularly looking forward to analyzing is the "Application Patterns" question.
You heard it here first: video is the future. And I think this little site called YouTube has a lot of potential!
So it only made sense to (finally) add a Video Creators section to the survey.
I already discovered quite a few channels just by researching this question, and I'm looking forward to learning about a lot more!