"VDC is not affiliated with any industry software suppliers or
trade journals, and we accept no advertising. Our goal is to
provide the embedded systems community with unbiased, fact-driven
research and analysis on the embedded hardware and software space
through a time-proven and rigorous research methodology.
"Included as part of these reports is an analysis of embedded
developer responses. For the April 2002 report, an extensive survey
was mailed and emailed to a list of developers who were either
current subscribers of the Embedded Linux Journal or members of
VDC's embedded developer panel. For the June 2003 report, an
extensive survey was e-mailed to a list of developers who were
current subscribers of such magazines as EDN, Portable Design,
Integration Communications Design (ICD), Embedded System
Engineering, and VDC's embedded proprietary developer panel. VDC
used SPSS, an industry standard statistical software package, for
most of the statistical analysis used to produce our findings.
Other analyses were performed using proprietary VDC tools and
"For the purposes of this paper, VDC offers the following
comments on the end-user data collected by VDC from the April 2002
and June 2003 reports..."