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Fabien Potencier
The Symfony Community Survey 2012: The Results
by Fabien Potencier – July 26, 2012 – 14 comments

Before the Symfony Live Conference in Paris, we conducted the first Symfony community survey. The raffle winners will soon be contacted by Anne-Sophie. And without further ado, here are the survey results!

About you

What is your job?
Developer 986 82%
Consultant 47 4%
Project Manager 70 6%
Other 93 8%
How long have you been working with Symfony?
Less than a year 381 32%
Less than 2 years 261 22%
Less than 5 years 409 34%
More than 5 years 144 12%
How did you get to know symfony?
The Symfony Website 270 23%
Some PHP related website 281 23%
A conference or a meetup 37 3%
A book or a magazine 21 2%
A colleague 341 29%
I don't remember 139 12%
Other 107 9%

About your company

What kind of company do you work for?
I am a self-employed 328 27%
I work for an IT solution provider 517 43%
I work for an internal IT department within a company 264 22%
Other 87 7%
What is the size of your company?
I'm alone 196 16%
2-5 people 254 21%
6-20 people 278 23%
21-50 people 182 15%
51-500 people 198 17%
501-5000 people 48 4%
More than 5001 people 39 3%

How do you work with Symfony?

Do you use any other PHP framework/CMS?
Zend Framework 460 51%
CakePHP 98 11%
Code igniter 127 14%
Yii 56 6%
Kohana 42 5%
Typo3 61 7%
Drupal 252 28%
Joomla! 152 17%
Wordpress 447 49%
eZ Publish 24 3%
Other 125 14%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
What is your primary OS on your development machine?
Windows 288 24%
Linux 485 41%
Mac OSX 407 34%
Other 16 1%
What tools do you use for development?
Zend Studio 71 6%
Eclipse 273 24%
NetBeans 459 40%
Vim 287 25%
Textmate 116 10%
PhpStorm 239 21%
SublimeText 125 11%
Other 168 15%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

What you are doing with Symfony?

What kind of jobs do you usually get?
Development 1159 98%
Support 208 18%
Trainings 109 9%
Consultancy 244 21%
Project management 318 27%
Other 20 2%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
What is the average size of projects that you/your company work on?
less than 10K USD 367 31%
10K-50K USD 394 33%
50K - 150K USD 188 16%
150K - 300K USD 75 6%
more than 300K USD 97 8%

How do you get trained?

Do you take trainings on IT/IT management?
Never 722 60%
At least once per year 310 26%
3 to 5 times a year 90 8%
Nearly every month 73 6%
How do you get trained?
By reading books 938 78%
By reading blogs and other documents on the Web 1135 95%
With online training courses 299 25%
In a training class of a training center 127 11%
In a training class of an IT service provider 64 5%
Other 96 8%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
Do you own one or more IT certifications?
None, and I don't care 487 42%
None, but I'd like to get some 453 39%
PHP 129 11%
Zend Framework 20 2%
MySQL 25 2%
Some Microsoft certifications 51 4%
Other 90 8%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.
Would you be interested in getting a Symfony certification?
Absolutely 454 38%
Rather interested 473 40%
Not interested 268 22%

Comments RSS

  • Adel ELHAIBA
    #1 Adel ELHAIBA said on the 2012/07/26 at 16:57
    Really interesting results
  • Jérôme Tamarelle
    #2 Jérôme Tamarelle said on the 2012/07/26 at 17:21
    So Symfony users are 49% users of Wordpress !
    Will people rewrite WP on top of Symfony2 ?
  • Jérémy Romey
    #3 Jérémy Romey said on the 2012/07/26 at 17:33
    Thanks for these results ! Great !

    You should do that every year with comparison.

    WP on top of Symfony2 would be awesome for the community !

    PS : I still don't have the badge ! lol
  • Tobias Nyholm
    #4 Tobias Nyholm said on the 2012/07/26 at 17:43
    @Jérôme Tamarelle It's easy to rewrite a CMS like wordpress. You do it yourself in a week. The thing with Wordress is that there is thousands of plugins and themes. That take time to rewrite.. Don't reinvent the wheel. Use Symfony and Wordpress side by side.
  • Klaus Silveira
    #5 Klaus Silveira said on the 2012/07/26 at 20:31
    I'm intrigued by the Symfony certification results. I expected people to be more interested...
  • Michael Hirschler
    #6 Michael Hirschler said on the 2012/07/27 at 07:56
    "What is your primary OS on your development machine?"
    Maybe next time, you should ask for both development system and productive system. Because you told at Symfony Live Paris, you're not sure that most of people had understood this question correctly.

    But hey! Anyway, this are quite cool results!
  • Luis Cordova
    #7 Luis Cordova said on the 2012/07/27 at 13:48
    heh if you say let's rewrite wp on top of sf2 then the same reasoning applies for zend, why not rewrite zend2 on top of symfony2? :D
  • Nicolás Moreira
    #8 Nicolás Moreira said on the 2012/07/27 at 21:43
    Excellent, a pleasure to have participated in the survey.

    Best regards from Uruguay.
  • Skander MABROUK
    #9 Skander MABROUK said on the 2012/07/28 at 00:51
    The first thing that i feel when i visit symfony's blog, i'm with a real engeneers :)

    really intersetd results.
  • CERATI Boris
    #10 CERATI Boris said on the 2012/07/30 at 15:46
    Really interesting results, thanks.
  • Michael Piecko
    #11 Michael Piecko said on the 2012/07/31 at 15:28
    Yeah, i'm one of the winners ;o) Wooohooo!
    Thank You SensioLabs!
  • Yosvel Quintero Arguelles
    #12 Yosvel Quintero Arguelles said on the 2012/07/31 at 20:23
    Great to have participated in the survey.

    ... very informative and interesting statistics
    Greetings to all the symfony community :D
  • Simone Fumagalli
    #13 Simone Fumagalli said on the 2012/08/06 at 16:32
    @Tobias Nyholm if port/rewrite WP on Symfony ... please do it ! I'm sure in a very short time also Theme and Plugin will be ported as well.

    The point is that WP is more complicated and smart then you think !
  • Loïc Vernet
    #14 Loïc Vernet said on the 2012/09/01 at 07:47
    Next year it would be cool to ask if people are using Doctrine or Propel...