Zend Reveals What Music Will Keep Developers Productive (and Happy) This Holiday

Zend Developer Pulse Survey Shows Which Artists are Hot or Not

Dec 20, 2011, 10:00 ET from Zend Technologies

CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- We are living in an app economy, where even the newest software applications are downloaded by the billions in the blink of an eye. Software industry growth is outpacing some other industries, employing millions of people, and often paying higher salaries than other jobs. With software doing so much to fuel the global economy, it makes sense to keep the people who are writing the code productive and happy, right?

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It's well-known that music can inspire minds for brilliance and productivity. By their own admission, developers claim that music helps them 'become one with the machine' and get into the zone, working intensely at all hours of the day or night.

Zend Technologies, a developer-centric software company and leading provider of solutions to build and deploy web apps, recently asked developers about their musical preferences, among other things, in a new survey series called the Zend Developer Pulse. In less than 48 hours, some 3,335 developers responded, with some interesting results:

Zend Developer Pulse Survey - Findings on musical preferences among software developers

The survey showed that as much as 86% of developers listen to music while coding. Of the major music genres, 42% of developers said they prefer coding to music of the rock/pop variety.

#1 most popular artist to code to: Metallica.  Runners-up: Pink Floyd and Linkin Park

#1 biggest 'guilty pleasure' artist: Lady Gaga (artists that coders only listen to with their headphones on).  Runners-up: Britney Spears and ABBA

#1 least popular artist: Justin Bieber.  Runners-up: Lady Gaga and Britney Spears (ironically, these least popular artists also topped the 'guilty pleasure' category).

Those with a favorite coder in the family or at the office can give the gift of music this season, and check off one more name on their holiday shopping list.

In January 2012, Zend will announce the full results of its first Zend Developer Pulse Survey. The new survey series will provide the developer perspective on industry, technology and career, revealing insights into technology trends for 2012 — from mobile to cloud computing and beyond.

Learn more at www.zend.com.

SOURCE Zend Technologies