For the 6th consecutive year, the curl project is running a “user survey” to learn more about what people are using curl for, what think think of curl, what the need of curl and what they wish from curl going forward.
This year, 670 individuals spent some of their valuable time on our survey and filled in answers that help us guide what to do next. What’s good, what’s bad, what to remove and where to emphasize efforts more.
It’s taken me a good while to write up this analysis but hopefully the results here can be used all through the year as a reminder what people actually think and how they use curl and libcurl.
A new question this yeas was in which continent the respondent lives, which ended up with an unexpectedly strong Euro focus:
What didn’t trigger any surprises though was the question of what protocols users are using, which basically identically mirrored previous years’ surveys. HTTP and HTTPS are the king duo by far.
The curl user survey 2018 is up. If you ever use curl or libcurl, please donate some of your precious time and provide your answers!
The curl user survey is an annual tradition since 2014 and it is one of our primary ways to get direct feedback from a larger audience about what’s good, what’s bad and what to focus on next in the curl project. Your input really helps us!
The results are in. The curl user survey 2017 was up for a little over two weeks and attracted answers from a total of 513 individuals. This was a much better turnout that last year’s disappointment – thank you everyone!
This year we learned that the distribution curve for the amount of protocols people use curl for looks like this:
And the interest in getting even more protocols supported is still high, if not even very high and I think the top-most requested protocol is a bit surprising:
The outcome of the survey is the analysis document in which I’ve summarized by thoughts and added a bunch of graphs and other diagrams that illustrate the numbers. In particular compared to previous’ years results. It became a 40 page thing as I’ve tried to be detailed and also somewhat elaborate on commenting and reacting to a lot of the write-in suggestions and comments!
If you want to draw your own conclusions or just verify mine, I also offer you the following source material:
The pristine 2017 CSV file as downloaded from Google, with all the results from the survey.
During my the work of producing the analysis document, I imported the 2017 CSV file into libreoffice and fiddled with a lot of numbers and graphs, most of that didn’t end up in the document but you can find the raw 2017 survey libreoffice calc file and verify the outcomes or the formulas used.
The annual survey for curl and libcurl users is open. The 2017 edition has some minor edits since last year but is mostly the same set of questions used before. To help us detect changes and trends over time.
If you use curl or libcurl, in any way, shape or form, please consider spending a few minutes of your precious time on this. Your input helps us understand where we are and in which direction we should go next.
Fill in the form!
The poll is open fourteen days from Friday May 12th until midnight (CEST) May 27th 2017. All data we collect is non-personal and anonymous.
The annual curl user poll was up 11 days from May 16 to and including May 27th, and it has taken me a while to summarize and put together everything into a single 21 page document with all the numbers and plenty of graphs.
It is time for our annual survey on how you use curl and libcurl. Your chance to tell us how you think we’ve done and what we should do next. The survey will close on midnight (central European time) May 27th, 2016.
If you use curl or libcurl from time to time, please consider helping us out with providing your feedback and opinions on a few things:
Call it a conference, a meetup or a hackathon. As curl is about to turn 18 years next month, I’m checking if there’s enough interest to try to put together a physical event to gather curl hackers and fans somewhere at some point. We’ve never done it in the past. Is the time ripe now?
My full 30 page document with all details and analyses of the curl user poll 2015 is now available. It shows details of all the questions, most of them with a comparison with last year’s survey. The write-ins are also full of good advice, wisdom and some signs of ignorance or unawareness.
I hope all curl hackers and others generally interested in the project can use my “report” to learn something about our users and our user’s view of the project and our products.