Eclipse Community Survey shows good growth for Linux
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.