Developer Workshop Survey

O’Reilly Media is conducting research about in-person, live workshops on software and business topics, and we’d really like your opinion. If you live in the United States and work in the tech industry, please consider taking our 19 question survey to help us understand what you look for in a live training course – what motivates you, what you expect to get out of a workshop, what topics you’d like to see, and so forth.

To show our appreciation, we’ll select 10 people at random to receive a free book of your choice. The drawing will happen on Friday, October 31, so you’ll need to complete the survey by that date to enter. The last question on the survey will ask for your e-mail – we’ll use that only to contact the randomly selected winners – and your responses will remain anonymous.

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1. What is your zip code?
2. Approximately how many people work at your company?
3. Which of the following best describes your current position?
4. How long have you been working in your chosen field?
5. In which of the following broad areas would you consider taking a training course?

YesNo
Database technologies
Emerging technologies
General project management
Java technologies
Microsoft technologies
Scripting languages (Perl, Python, Ruby, etc)
Software engineering
System administration
Web development
6. What motivates you to take technical training courses?
7. How important are these factors to you when evaluating courses?
(Rank on a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 is least important.)

1 (Not important at all)2 (Somewhat important)3 (Important)4 (Very important)5 (Crucial)N/A
Credentials of the person giving the training
Depth of coverage
How far you must travel
Interaction and shared learning with my classmates
Personal attention from the instructor
Price
Subject area
Takeaways from the event (handouts, books, etc)
8. Would the O'Reilly brand name be an important factor in your purchase decision?

9. Have you attended a technical conference in the last 12 months?
10. Have you taken a technical training class in the last 12 months?
11. How many technical training courses do you plan to take in the next 12 months?
12. How much time would you expect it to take to complete a typical training course?
13. What is the average price you expect to pay for a technical training course? (Please enter a dollar amount.)

14. Does your company reimburse you for training?
15. If your company does pay for training, what are the important factors in getting your training approved by your manager?

16. Does your company bring in trainers or consultants to offer training?
17. Please list any specific technologies in which you would take a training course?
18. In which of the following specific areas would you consider taking a training course?
YesNo
.NET
Agile Computing
Ajax
Apache
ASP
C#
Cisco
Collective Intelligence
CSS
Design Patterns
Django
Dojo
Amazon EC2 / S3
Groovy
Hadoop
Hibernate
HTML / DHTML
iPhone
Java
JavaScript
Linux
MySQL
Oracle
Perl
PHP
Presentation skills
Project Management
Python
Ruby
Ruby on Rails
Security
SharePoint
Silverlight
SQL Server
Time management
UNIX
Virtualization
Visual Studio
Web Services / SOA / ESB
XML
19. As our way of saying thank you for your time and participation in our survey, you have the option of giving us your email address below so we can enter you into our prize drawing. The information you provide will only be used for the drawing.
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