The Great Web Maintainability Survey Results
Post from June 16, 2017 (↻ March 5, 2021), filed under Web Development.
Four weeks ago I started a survey about good and bad practices when it comes to the maintenance and maintainability of websites (A List Apart and others reported—thank you!). Participation was amazing given the open nature of the questions, and here are the first results.
Figure: Survey feedback waiting to be processed.
That is, indeed, just a spreadsheet at the moment, however it’s what I’m now going to take apart and, sheet by sheet, normalize and transform into a new guide on maintainability. You can follow my work in that spreadsheet (perhaps even live) or get updates on new documentation through the usual channels, like one of the meiert.com feeds, on Twitter, and also on Google+.
Oh—whether the result will something to be called “great,” I don’t know; the feedback, from what I can tell, can. Many thanks to everyone who contributed!
I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
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