In order to survive in the future, engineers will need to know HDLs. Industry analyst Dataquest (San Jose, CA) forecasts that most engineers will be switching to HDL-based tools over the next few years. About 12,000 design engineers used HDLs for some part of their designs in 1996. That number is predicted to grow to 67,000 by 1999. The primary push for this trend is that ASICs and FPGAs are growing in complexity, which can be better handled by HDLs. As more designers incorporate these devices into their designs, they are forced to change their design methods.