Developer Program Membership Reaches All-Time High

Evans Data Corp Press Release, SANTA CRUZ, CA. April 23rd, 2018

The number of developers who are in a formal developer relations program reached 83%, the highest level to date, according to the Evans Data’s recently released Developer Program 2018 survey report. Rising from just under 50% in 2008, developer program memberships have been steadily climbing. Today, 38% are in a free program, 22% in a paid program and 23% are in both a free and a paid program.

“The rise of app stores and the app store economy gave a huge boost to developer programs starting about 10 years ago,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp, “Since then we’ve seen both free and paid program membership climb, but there’s more to it than app stores. Today companies from every industry are opening up APIs to share with the development community and those APIs need the support of a focused program.”

Two-thirds of developers in programs are relatively new to them, having been in their programs five years or less, while 15% have been in their programs for 2 or fewer years. Less than 5% have been in a program for 16 or more years.

The new Developer Programs 2018 survey has a margin of error of 4.5% and is exclusively focused on developers’ perceptions of and receptivity to various elements of developer programs.

The 156 page reference covers topics such as; Industry perceptions, Program membership, Participating in Communities, Developer Outreach and Social Media, Training, Technical Support, Accelerators and Incubators, APIs and SDKs, Program resources, and much more.

See the complete Table of Contents and Methodology here: Table of Contents



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