The results helped contribute to a presentation I did Kscope15. Thank you to all those who responded. I thought I'd finally post some results, see if it can elicit further discussion, even of a casual nature.
Some of you asked me if I could post these results, so thanks for your patience and stay tuned on the 2015 Survey label in this blog. I'll aim for every Friday.
Now it must be said: this is an internet survey. It's not randomised and it's no doubt highly skewed towards the developer population that either read my blog or use Twitter. And even then it's only those who chose to spend the 10 minutes responding. Based on the free text responses I doubt it was gamed (unlike other polls), no surprises there.
When I closed the survey I had 192 responses, of course far shorter than the number of APEX developers out there, quietly coding away. Everyone, feel free to add your own thoughts to some of these results. It could be insightful and fun!
Q1: When did you start using APEX?
I was surprised there are so many respondents prior to 2007. Maybe this is a reflection of the demographic that chose to respond?
I started learning in 2008, with some experience with mod_plsql and heavy with Forms experience. I found it tough learning session state, and ultimately designing page flow in a web environment.
As others have mentioned, there have been a few features that I would have loved to have found earlier. My real kicker was Region Display Selectors.
What I'd like to know is, what made you start learning APEX? For me, I realised Forms was dying.