Mary Jo Foley provides her take on the AppCelerator survey which paints a pretty gloomy picture of WP7 development.
Among the 2,700-plus developers using the Appcelerator Titanium cross-platform development environment surveyed by the research outfits in mid-April, Microsoft is now considered the distant third horse in the mobile race, trailing Apple and Android, but edging out RIM.
Microsoft fell seven points since the last survey, with 29 percent of the developers surveyed saying they are “very interested” in Windows Phone 7. But Blackberry phones dropped eleven points, to 27 percent, in terms of high developer interest during the same period.
Now, I'm not particularly bullish on Microsoft's chances of success, but there are elements of this survey that bother me. For one thing, the sample size strikes me as very small. I think you want a sample at least as big as the number of apps in the smallest marketplace.
The second problem is AppCelerator itself. I'm sure it's an excellent piece of kit (whatever it is), but since it can't actually be used to develop WP7 applications, I'm not sure why WP7 developers would go to their site and take the survey.
As a few readers have noted, Appcelerator’s tools do work on Windows PCs, but don’t seem to support Windows Phone on the mobile side. However, because Microsoft is recruiting heavily among Android and Apple developers for its phone platform, I still consider the survey results worth writing about.
Mmm. I'm going to have to disagree with you on that one, Mary Jo.