Last year, PHP company Zend started running a regular survey about what developers care about and do (tools, processes, cloud, etc.), and the latest “bonus” question was about beer preferences, which I discovered thanks to James. Which as you can imagine, we care deeply about here at RedMonk since we run conferences about the intersection of tech, social, and beer. Since I’m not a fan of 3D bar graphs (to put it politely), I made my own using their data:
As you can see, the vast majority of developers enjoy beer. Shocker? No. But it’s good to validate your assumptions from time to time. The truly sad part is that the #1 beer of choice was Heineken. Also on the top 5 were Budweiser and Corona. At least the developers taking the survey redeemed themselves slightly with Guinness and Stella Artois. If you make it to the Monktoberfest, you’ll enjoy beers that are orders of magnitude superior to even the best of that list.
I’m participating in RedMonk’s annual August vacation, so I will return with VMworld, LinuxCon, and CloudOpen in late August. If you absolutely must reach me, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Till then!
Disclosure: Zend, VMware, and the Linux Foundation are clients.