Are Top C++ Developers Migrating to Mac?
On the other hand, Mac laptops are extremely visible, and quite a few times, I was observing that:
- in public places such as airports, share of Mac laptops is indeed below 10%
- on the other hand, in meeting rooms – share of Macs around me is much closer to 50% (sic!).
Of course, I am very-well aware of dangers of such observations being outright misleading (“selective memory” bias etc.), so I was sceptical of my own observation skills. It was only during a CPPCON17 that I realized that there exists a way to perform an objective measurement of this kind of stats:
Indeed, the difference between Macs and non-Macs on videos is (most of the time) fairly obvious:
Of course, it doesn’t indicate which operating system they’re using, but hardware can be identified rather reliably.
Recently, we spent a few hours doing it for last 3 years of CPPCON – and got the following results:
|SPEAKERS USING:||Macs||non-Macs||Unknown||Total1||% of Macs1|
I know that any conclusions and speculations in this regard are extremely risky (I will be beaten hard both by Mac fans and Windows fans, not to mention Linux fans just for a good measure); still, IMO from the (semi-scientific) results above we can make the following observations:
- share of Macs in use by top C++ developers3 during their presentations on CPPCON, is much higher (like 6x higher) than average market share of Macs
- Once again – it is ONLY about hardware, with no indication of the OS they’re using.
- One may speculate that it might indicate that as soon as C++ developer reaches the point when Mac price is no longer too significant, s/he’s more likely to use Mac over non-Mac box. In other words – it might indicate that C++ developers tend to prefer non-Macs for benefits/price ratio, but tend to switch to Macs when price is no longer that much of a concern.4
- share of Macs in use by top C++ developers, has indications of growth over time
- In other words, there are some preliminary indications that top C++ developers tend to migrate to Mac hardware over time. This goes in contrast with overall Mac share reportedly shrinking (from ~7% to ~6% over last few years),
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