Eclipse survey reveals move towards mobile
Monday, 13 June 2011

The annual Eclipse Community Survey has some interesting findings about what open source developers' preferences and concerns.

 

The number of responses to this year's Eclipse Community Survey was disappointingly small - 704 individuals responded of whom 624 completed the entire survey whereas in 2010 there were 1,696 completed surveys.

However, the survey did reach the appropriate audience: 54.6% identified themselves as programmers, 14.9% as system architects, and 8.3% as development managers with more that two-thirds (68.6%) of the respondents spending more than 17 hours a week writing code, testing, and debugging.

A new question in this year's survey concerned mobile apps:

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In turns out that 38% of respondents have already developed mobile applications either for internal users or external customers and another 27% have plans for doing so within the next 18 months. 

Although the report concludes that there is a trend towards deploying applications to a cloud infrastructure, with reference to changes from last year's survey, more than half of respondents have no plans to do so and only 8% deploy the majority of their applications to the cloud.

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The report also noted that while Amazon continues to be the most popular choice for cloud deployments (29%), using a private cloud was in second place at 23% (an increase from 16% in 2010).

As last year Subversion is the dominant source code management system (51%, down from 58% in 2010) and the minority choices Git/GitHub and Mercurial both showed increase. Ant was the clear leader as build management tool with 48% share but Hudson/Jenkins had gained in popularity (from 22% in 2010 to 32%).

Other findings concern language and IDE preference. Java is by far the most popular language with 76% naming it as their main choice but many developers tend you use more than one language with a significant number using JavaScript (36%), C/C++ (33%), PHP (21%) and Python (20%). Hardly surprisingly given that this is the Eclipse survey Eclipse JDT was the most popular primary development environment (68%). More interesting is the finding that developers adopt new versions of Eclipse very quickly with 77% having moved to Eclipse 3.6 (Helios) in less than a year. 92% of respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with Eclipse.

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