What's Hot in the Eclipse Community?

Eclipse Community Survey 2011 Results Released

Jessica Thornsby

Git/GitHub, Mercurial and Hudson/Jenkins gain popularity in Eclipse community.

The results of the Eclipse Community Survey 2011 are in! This
year’s survey reveals that when it comes to source code management,
Git/GitHub and Mercurial are still on the rise, and Hudson/Jenkins
is also enjoying an increase in popularity, rising from 21.8% usage
in 2010, to 30.8% in this year’s survey of 704 Eclipse users.

Git/GitHub grew from 6.8% to 12.8% and Mercurial increased from
3% to 4.6%. This is apparently at the expense of Subversion, which
fell from 58.3% to 51.3%.

However, Eclipse’s Ian Skerrett was expecting an even sharper
upwards trend: “I am a bit surprised the growth of Git/GitHub is
not faster…..I have to believe as EGit gets better
and Eclipse moves to Git, the growth will continue to accelerate.”
EGit is an Eclipse Team provider for the Git version control
system, which is implementing Eclipse tooling on top of the JGit
Java implementation of Git.

According to the survey, Hudson/Jenkins is the second most
popular build and release management tool in the Eclipse community,
with Ant in the number one spot with 48.2% of those surveyed
listing Ant as a build tool they “typically” use. Participants were
allowed to list more than one tool for this question.

In the world of change management systems, Bugzilla (16.5%) and
JIRA (24.7%) were ranked most popular, with JIRA enjoying a sharp
increase from 16.3% in 2010. “What I find impressive is that JIRA
is one of the few commercial developer products that shows up in
the survey as being widely used,” says Skerrett.

This was the first year participants were asked about their use
of Eclipse’s collection of open source projects that implement
modeling technology. Over 30% of the respondents said they are
either using Eclipse modeling or investigating its use, with
generating code (50.2%) and creating graphical representations of
models (36.8%) given as the two top reasons for using Eclipse
modeling technologies. “This is really impressive and it clearly
makes Eclipse modeling one of the most used technology portfolio’s
at Eclipse,” summarises Skerrett.

The survey also asked participants about the hot trends of
mobile application development and cloud computing. 60% of those
surveyed have already developed or planned to develop a mobile
application, with Android emerging as the most popular mobile
operating system (88.1%). The survey discovered that when it comes
to cloud computing, not only are more participants deploying or
planning to deploy applications to a cloud infrastructure, but
private cloud infrastructure appears to be the “fastest growing
platform,” rising from 16.2% in 2010, to 23.1% in this year’s
survey. Amazon continues to be the most popular destination for
cloud deployments.

Another big winner this year, was Stack Overflow, which is now
more popular than the Eclipse forums when it comes to sourcing
Eclipse-related information. It came in third place to the question
“where do you go to find Eclipse-related information?” behind
Google (74.9%) and the Eclipse home page (45.9%) “If you are an
Eclipse project committer and not looking at Stack Overflow, you
might be missing out,” says Skerrett.

The full results of the Eclipse Community Survey 2011 have been
published online (PDF.)

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