[IPython-dev] Results of last year's user survey

Thomas Kluyver takowl at gmail.com
Mon Mar 10 16:49:44 EDT 2014

On 10 March 2014 13:02, Aaron Meurer <asmeurer at gmail.com> wrote:

>  I didn't know you guys were dropping 2.6 support so soon.

Yep. We've been fairly aggressive with Python version requirements for a
while - we were one of the first projects to drop 2.5 support as well. We
anticipate we'll get some bug reports about it, but we think it's worth it
to be able to use 2.7 features reliably. It's so easy to forget what 2.6
didn't have, which is why we had to release 1.2.1 soon after 1.2.0.

> Regarding hipchat, I hate to say it, but nobody uses it because it
> sucks. I personally hate it every time I try to use it. The interface
> is just the worst for people who are not registered. You guys should
> take a look at gitter.im. It integrates with GitHub, it's free, and it
> has nice things like backlogs on chats for everyone.

We do actually see a couple of questions on Hipchat most days - probably
more traffic than the mailing list - but I don't think most of the people
using the help chat room would have heard about the survey. Gitter does
look interesting, though.

Brian: I think Gitter has private rooms if you associate it with private
repos. People who can see the repo see the chat room. I don't know about
direct messaging.

>  I'm a little surprised about the academia vs. industry usage. I
> suspect there were just more respondents from the academic side than
> from industry.

That's quite possible. The results are probably also biased towards English
speakers, early adopters, and technically proficient users. Getting a
representative sample is pretty tricky. But I think the results give us
some ballpark figures.

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