Q3 2018 Survey Results and Call For Proposals
By Daniel Compton
We have recently run our third survey on our members to better understand them and their needs. We’re publishing these results so that they can see the aggregate results, and to give open source projects more information when applying for the Q3 2018 Clojurists Together funding round (closing 20 July).
There were 49 respondents to the survey, down from 52 in the last survey. The highlights are presented below.
Which Clojure dialects do you regularly use?
- Clojure - 49 (100%)
- ClojureScript - 38 (78%)
- Clojure CLR - 0 (0%)
Which platforms do you target?
- Clojure JVM Server (98%)
- ClojureScript Browser (78%)
- ClojureScript Mobile (22%)
- Clojure JVM Client (12%)
- ClojureScript Node Server (12%)
What areas of Clojure would you like to see improvement in?
The main things people were interested in: error messages (77%), documentation (48%), developer experience tools (40%), IDE support (35%), build tooling (33%), and linters (27%).
Which projects in the Clojure ecosystem are important to your workflow?
This was a new question that we asked of our members, here are the projects that were mentioned at least three times:
- 12 figwheel
- 12 cider
- 6 reagent
- 6 re-frame
- 6 leiningen
- 4 tools.deps
- 3 shadow-cljs
Do you think the funded projects for this quarter have delivered?
This was a new question that was suggested we ask in our surveys. It was a free text choice, but 26 people said yes, 7 people said they weren’t sure, and no-one said no which is good!
How would you like us to allocate our funding?
There is a continuum of project maturity. To date we have focused mostly on mature projects where the project and/or applicant have a track record. We are looking at the possibility of funding some earlier stage, more speculative projects. These have a higher risk of not delivering what they set out to achieve, but also have the potential for a high payoff. We asked our members what kinds of projects they want us to focus on:
- Only fund established projects that have already had some success (29%)
- Fund a mix of established projects and speculative projects (69%)
- Only fund speculative projects (2%)
What are we doing well, what could we be doing better?
- Communication with sponsors
- Selecting projects
Could do better:
- Marketing ourselves and our successes
- Explaining the direct benefits to sponsors
- Getting more funding
If you’d like to see more companies sponsor Clojurists Together, please reach out to them and encourage them to join.
Call For Proposals
If you are a maintainer of an open source Clojure project, we’d encourage you to consider applying for the Q3 funding round. If you maintain a project that was mentioned either directly, or as one of the survey respondents' focuses, then we’d highly encourage you to consider applying. Applications will close on 20 July. If you know of a project that you think would be a good fit for Clojurists Together, please encourage them to apply. If you have any questions or would like any help with your application, please get in touch.