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Study: C# on a Tear

An independent survey shows developers are snapping up Microsoft's C# language.

Evans Data Corp. released results of a survey of 800 developers conducted in March and April. According to the research firm, 12 percent of developers were using C# at the time of the survey, up from 7 percent in a similar Evans survey from October.

Double that many, 24 percent, told Evans researchers they plan to be using C# in the next year.

"The heavy growth we measured between October and April was no doubt influenced by Microsoft's launch of Visual Studio .NET in February, which created excitement as developers upgraded and evaluated the new language and tools," Evans analyst Jay Dixit said in a statement.

While the Visual Studio launch raised the profile for C#, which is Microsoft's preferred language for use with the .NET platform, Dixit said other factors may account for the larger percentage of developers who intend to use the language next year.

"Maybe it's the .NET strategy or maybe it's because this is the newest language from Anders Heilsberg," Dixit said. "Either way this optimism demonstrates a strong initial intention to at least try the new language."

Meanwhile, an unrelated study released this week by the Information Technology Association of America, found in an analysis of 30,000 technical job listings that the job skill that is most in demand is C++ programming.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.