BZ Research has released its latest survey of Java tools. Let’s start with the caveats:
- The survey is based only on subscribers to SD Times.
- Out of 19,623 subscribers invited to take part, only 758 (3.9%) completed the questionnaire.
I’m not surprised: I get bombarded with requests to take part in surveys, and rarely do so. Even so the results are interesting, and the year-on-year comparisons may be indicative of trends.
On to the results (note that percentages are non-exclusive so sum to more than 100):
- Eclipse increased its usage slightly to 69.6%; NetBeans climbed to 2nd place with 23.3% (up from 17.9%).
- Oracle’s JDeveloper is up from 15% to 19%.
- IBM RAD has a decent showing, up from 10.8% to 19.5%, not far behind its WSAD at 22.1%.
The survey also covers app servers. Here, all the shares are down, implying more diverse usage than last year. WebSphere is first with 36.9%, then JBoss with 32 %, then BEA WebLogic at 23.7%. Oracle and Sun are 4th and 5th.
Overall, nothing dramatic to report, though the gain for NetBeans shows that Sun’s investment in this IDE is having some success.