Forrester Survey of 1600 Developers: Mobile Growing But SQL Connected Web Applications Still Dominate

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Forrester Survey of 1600 Developers: Mobile Growing But SQL Connected Web Applications Still Dominate


In a recent study of 1600 developers published by Forrester (Forrester Forrsights Developer Survey, Q1 2013), the IT research firm reports that businesses continue to focus on web app development in spite of the drive towards mobile.

In an article this week in SD Times, Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst Jeffrey Hammond wrote, “We found that while developers are certainly building more mobile apps than ever, Web applications and relational database applications are still a primary focus. In fact, when we asked developers what types of development technologies they’ve worked with over the past two years, Web applications and websites (63%) and SQL-connected applications (62%) were the most commonly used.”

This comes as no surprise to the team at Alpha. Our customers clued us into this trend in app development a while ago, and explains why we designed Alpha Anywhere around our core web technology with full HTML5 support. Our approach allows developers to use one complete environment to build applications that can run in an optimal way on laptops, desktops and mobile devices.

You can read the full article and report summary—including why mobile is hot, but why developers aren’t yet “mobile first”—on the SD Times website: Analyst Watch: Mobile is Growing, but the Web Still Rules

To learn how our customers helped us recognize this opportunity and create the fastest way to build applications that deliver a native experience on any form factor, read this recent blog post: The Fastest Way to Build Business Apps with One Code Base that Can Produce Native Experiences on Phones, Tablets and Desktops
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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi www.tubifi.com.

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