Twitter polls for developer sentiment – Nicole Sullivan

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Yesterday
DATE

, I wrote about how I reason about developer needs and the kinds of data I take into account. Unsurprisingly, many of you wondered what kind of twitter polls I was talking about.


Between 100 and 2000
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developers answered most of these questions.

BIG CAVEAT: twitter polls have issues like no demographics info, audience bias,

only 4
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responses allowed, and strict character limits on questions and responses. They absolutely can’t be used as a source of truth. However, they are great for temperature checks to challenge my own assumptions. More like a hint that it would interesting (or not) to run a follow up survey on a random cohort of developers. All of these responses bias toward the

~50
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K people who follow me on twitter.

Example polls

Low level primitives or higher level components?

What I was wondering about?

Some folks believe that if you can build something in JS (or even canvas), we shouldn’t create HTML or CSS APIs. I wanted to see if developers want higher level components or prefer to have frameworks manage everything. [Poll,

Poll
ORG

take

2
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]

Conclusion


63.4%
PERCENT

of devs would like to have higher level components while

19.3%
PERCENT

prefer exclusively JS for components. The way I asked the question might have biased the response (grow and evolve are very positive sounding words in any context). I asked again.

Poll results

Question (biased language): Should HTML get new elements/components, inspired by design systems? e.g. tabs, accordion, type ahead, carousel (by React I mean any framework,

25
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chars, ugh)

HTML should grow & evolve

43.5%
PERCENT

Build components in

React
GPE


19.3%
PERCENT

Can I have both?

19.9%
PERCENT

Show me the results

17.2%
PERCENT


3,879
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votes

Question (less biased language): Should HTML get new controls like <accordion>, <tooltip>, <carousel>, <tabs>, or <typeahead> or leave that to JS frameworks?

Controls in HTML

52.3%
PERCENT

Controls in JS frameworks

12%
PERCENT

Can I have both?

21.1%
PERCENT

Show me the results

14.7%
PERCENT


5,430
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votes


Dark Mode / Form
WORK_OF_ART

controls

What was I wondering about?

What should we do with our default styles during the form controls refresh project? [poll]

Conclusion

Dark check on a light background, but enough variation that it needs to be styleable.

Poll results

Design system folks… a checked checkbox should have what color background?

white with a dark check

49.5%
PERCENT

blue with a light check

30.1%
PERCENT

gray with a light check

6.6%
PERCENT

green with a light check

13.9%
PERCENT


592
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votes

Container queries

What was I wondering about?

Will Container Queries work with responsive images? What do designers hope to achieve? Will they change out creative assets or just shrink the images they have? [poll]

Conclusion

This intersection of features doesn’t match the developer’s expectations. We need to fast follow with something that can change the constraints completely like a responsive image format.

Poll Results

Question: When using container/element queries, I would expect images that have srcset to calculate which image to request based on… (pls share use cases in replies!)

viewport width or height

20.1%
PERCENT

container width or height

56.7%
PERCENT

something else (tell me)

3.1%
PERCENT

Show me the results

20.1%
PERCENT


816
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votes

Question: Would you change the creative for an image or video primarily based on device size, the size of its parent in the HTML, or both? e.g. Imagine a product image is in a

3
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-column grid vs full width. Would you choose a different creative in the

two
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contexts?

Device size

11.6%
PERCENT

Parent size in the HTML

31.8%
PERCENT

Both

25.7%
PERCENT

Show me the results

30.9%
PERCENT


569
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votes

Web vs Native

What I was wondering?

I was pre-testing a question I wanted to run in a full web developer survey. Web developers express very high devsat scores, but I have a hunch that if we ask them about their feelings about themselves and their own outcomes we might hear a more nuanced story. [poll]

Conclusions

I mostly asked out of curiosity, so I didn’t ask any follow up questions.

Poll results

Question: Writing a smooth and responsive website is as easy as native.

True

20.6%
PERCENT

False

41.2%
PERCENT

Show me

38.2%
PERCENT


2,143
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votes

Debugging vs Developing

What I was wondering about?

When we think about building devtools, we can focus on debugging and/or authoring. Do JS vs CSS authors need different things? I had a hunch that debugging and authoring are not really separate processes for CSS and I wanted to tease that out. [poll]

Conclusion


71.3%
PERCENT

of

CSS
ORG

authors write

1-10
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lines of code before checking the results in the browser, so their authoring flows are very similar to their debugging flows. I’d focus on biggest pain points, like layout debugging, rather than differentiate by stage of development.

Based on their replies, developers (

71.3 %
PERCENT

of

CSS
ORG

authors;

35.7 %
PERCENT

of JS authors) are relying on the hot-reload mechanisms of their tech stack to rapidly prototype and test new features.

Side note: typescript authors may write more code before checking it in the browser. Does typescript have different needs?

Poll Results

Question: How many lines of CSS do you write before checking the result in the browser?


1-10
DATE

71.3%


11-20
DATE

16.5%


21-30
DATE


4.4%
PERCENT


31-40
DATE

7.8%


957
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votes

Question: How many lines of JS do you write before checking the result in the browser?


1-10 35.7%

QUANTITY

11-20

24.2%
PERCENT


21
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-30

11.5%
PERCENT

31+

28.5%
PERCENT


417
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votes

CSS

Abstractions / Design Systems
ORG

What I was wondering about?

How much effort does it take to create a design system? If the browser could do more, how much time could we save developers?

Babylist
PERSON

said their product image zoom and carousel components took

6
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-8 SWE weeks to create. I wanted to be sure I hadn’t inadvertently cherry picked an example with unique challenges. [poll]

Conclusion

I hadn’t cherry picked

Babylist
PERSON

. If anything, it was worse than expected.

70%
PERCENT

of developers spent

6
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-18+ months creating their design system and

47%
PERCENT

were unhappy with the outcome.

>

40%
PERCENT

have

3
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-8 complex components. So perhaps we can help developer productivity by focusing on these more complex components?

Poll Results

Question: If you’ve built a design system, how long did it take to get it mostly complete and adoptable?

<

1 month
DATE


5.3%
PERCENT


2-5 months
DATE


23.6%
PERCENT


6-18 months
DATE


40.4%
PERCENT

>

18 months
DATE


30.7%
PERCENT


394
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votes

Question: How many people work on your design system full time?


0 21%
PERCENT


1
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-5 people

59.5%
PERCENT


5
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-10 people

10.5%
PERCENT


10
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+ people

9%
PERCENT


210
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votes

Question: How many people work on your design system part time?


0 24.7%
PERCENT

1-5 people

58.6%
PERCENT


5
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-10 people

8.6%
PERCENT


10
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+ people

8.1%
PERCENT


198
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votes

Question: How many teams rely on your design system to build their features?

0 teams

2.8%
PERCENT


1-10
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teams

74.6%
PERCENT


11-20
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teams

7.7%
PERCENT

>

21
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teams

14.8%
PERCENT


142
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votes

Question: This is a hard one to admit, but lots of design systems fail or co-exist… how many design systems does your company have? Dead/defunct systems count.


0 6.4%

1 32.9%
PERCENT

2-5 52.1%


6+ 8.6%
PERCENT


140
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votes

Question: How many components in your design system are at least as complex as tabs or accordion?


2 9.2%

PERCENT


3
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-8 39.1%


9
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-14

34.5%
PERCENT

15+

17.2%
PERCENT


87
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votes

Question: True or false: I’m not happy with my design system. I’d like to replace it or make major changes.

True

46.7%
PERCENT

False

53.3%
PERCENT


75
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votes

Question: True or false: we have the right number of design systems at my company.

True

51.4%
PERCENT

False

34.7%
PERCENT

I don’t know

13.9%
PERCENT


72
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votes

Accessibility

What I was wondering?

Responsive design fundamentally changes

ARIA
PERSON

roles, how is the developer community reasoning about shifts in these patterns? What is the current best practice? [poll]

Conclusion

Even the accessibility community doesn’t agree on best practices. We probably need to do something bigger to unblock the situation. For example, baking a11y into browser primitives so developers don’t need to do anything.

Lots of responses assumed I didn’t know what I was talking about. Very interesting for understanding the

DX
PERSON

of accessibility work.

Poll Results

Question: Q for A11y friends: imagine a component that displays as tabs on desktop, accordion at narrow mobile widths. – What a11y semantics do you use? – Why?

Accordion (headings)

16.9%
PERCENT

Tabs (list)

19.7%
PERCENT

Both

21.5%
PERCENT

Uh oh, that’s hard!

41.8%
PERCENT


608
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votes

Canvas

What was I wondering about?

Do developers see canvas as the future of how Apps will be built? Or a tool to use within web applications that are otherwise written in higher level web technologies? Do they want to build whole Apps out of canvas? [canvas poll]

Conclusion


79.6%
PERCENT

of developers don’t want to write whole apps in canvas and

only 3.6%
PERCENT

have tried writing a whole application in canvas and would do it again. Canvas may be useful for specialized apps that have a reason they can’t run using HTML/CSS/JS.

Poll Results

Question: If you build web things, have you used canvas for an application? (If yes, reply with how you used it)

Yes, would use again


34.7%
PERCENT

Yes, wouldn’t use again


5.7%
PERCENT

No


42.3%
PERCENT

Show me the results


17.2%
PERCENT


1,568
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votes

Question: Follow up question: have you used canvas to build an entire app?

Yes, and want to again


3.6%
PERCENT

Yes, don’t want to again


4%
PERCENT

No, but want to


12.8%
PERCENT

No, and don’t want to


79.6%
PERCENT


250
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votes