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07 June 2010, 16:21

Eclipse Community Survey shows good growth for Linux

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The results of the Eclipse Community Survey 2010 have been published and the results show growth in Linux and OpenJDK usage amongst Java developers. In 2007, 20% of users said that Linux was their development operating system, but by 2010, that had increased to 33%, with Windows dropping from 74% to 58% in share. Linux continues to be the most popular deployment platform for Eclipse developers with 46% saying it is their primary target platform.

The open source version of Java, OpenJDK, made a respectable appearance in the category of Java virtual machine targeted for deployment, with a 21.7% share, compared with a 69.8% share for Sun's Hotspot JVM. According to the survey results distributed version control is becoming more prevalent with Git use rising from 2009's 2.4% to 6.8% and Mercurial rising from 1.1% to 3%. Centralised version control still dominates though with 58.3% of respondents saying they use Subversion and 12.6% using CVS, though CVS has declined in use from its 20% share in 2009.

Other results from the survey included the dominance of JQuery for Rich Internet Applications, with 26.2% of respondents saying it was their primary RIA framework, a near even split between usage of Eclipse RCP (35.9%) and Swing (31.9%) for desktop applications and a somewhat surprising increase in MySQL usage (from 27.7% to 31.8%) as the respondents' preferred database.

The full results of the survey are availablePDF and the raw data can be downloaded in ods or xls format (direct downloads).


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