Eclipse Community has their say

Git and Maven usage rising, says Eclipse Community Survey

Chris Mayer
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That time of year has come round again – time for another Eclipse Community Survey, with some very interesting findings

Now very much embedded into the Eclipse annual cycle, the
results of the Eclipse Community Survey 2012 have been released,
with some interesting key trends noted from Eclipse developers.

Around 700 developers completed the full survey, which has been
carried out annually since 2007 (bar 2008) and in the
interests of being open, Eclipse have published the results of the
Open Source Developer Report in full ([xls]
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for you to cast an eye over.

First and foremost, let’s get the unsurprising results out of
the way. Windows remains the premier choice as
deployment operating system with Eclipse folk (66.5% to Ubuntu’s
34.3%) whilst Java continues to dominate the
language side of things, with 76% saying they used Java the most in
their development environment. Tomcat is far and
away leading the application server battle (nearly 35%) but Jetty
usage doubled in 2012, echoing findings from ZeroTurnaround’s Java
EE survey – so perhaps we should keep an eye out for Eclipse’s
Java-based HTTP server.

Now on to the trends that really caught our attention. As
Eclipse projects move to Git, it appears that
Eclipse developers are following suit with 27% of respondents
saying they used the en vogue source code manager, a big jump from
last year’s recorded 13%. Perhaps we shouldn’t be totally surprised
by this, with Eclipse doing a good job of notifying everyone of the
change – but it definitely reflects a change in the tide, with
Subversion’s dominance on a very slow wane, despite them being top
in this category.

In the build and release section, Maven gained
ground on Ant, although this can be put down to better integration
with Eclipse,
according to Vice President of Marketing and Ecosystem at the
Eclipse Foundation,
 Ian Skerett.
 

Looking at future important areas within the Eclipse ecosystem,
it appears that slightly more enterprises/developers are finally
preparing themselves for the cloud, but not yet enough to count
cloud as a popular move. Only 21% of Eclipse respondents have
deployed to the cloud. Mobile however is thriving, with 43% already
playing a part and Android and iOS taking the lion’s share of
developer’s attention spans.

Moving on to the more personal motivation questions, it appears
that developers have the following reasons for developing in their
own time:

  • They enjoy learning new things when programming in their free
    time (74.2%)
  • Keep skills sharp (71.1%)

Learning and responsibility were key drivers for being part of
open source. As expected, most of those asked buy into the ‘giving
back’ aspect, with 54% stating they participate to
support open source and 36% due to their belief in the FOSS
ethos.

It’s also becoming clear that enterprises are now switched
on to the benefits of open source, no longer seeing it as a bigger
risk as it once was. Which can only mean good for foundations like
Eclipse. For more findings from the Eclipse Community Survey 2012,
check out the report embedded below.


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