IDE popularity contest

Visual Studio, Eclipse and Android Studio are most searched IDEs, PYPL IDE index finds

Gabriela Motroc

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Let’s take a break from analyzing the top programming languages and focus on the most searched (and possibly popular) IDEs instead. According to PYPL index, the top three most searched IDEs this month (compared to 2016) are Visual Studio, Eclipse and Android Studio. Read on to see if your favorite IDE has been included in PYPL’s August Top IDE Index.

Let’s make something clear: Most searched doesn’t necessarily mean most popular and it certainly doesn’t mean that people search for something because they absolutely love it. Having said that, let’s proceed.

PYPL index is one of the most well-known indices especially when it comes to the popularity of programming languages. It is based on raw data from Google trends and, “if you believe in collective wisdom, the PYPL index can help you decide which language to study, or which one to use in a new software project/ IDE/ Online IDE/ database to use for your software development project.”

PYPL creates the Top IDE Index by analyzing how often IDEs are searched on Google. According to PYPL, “the more an IDE is searched, the more popular the IDE is assumed to be.”

August 2017 IDE trends

The index shows that this month (compared to August 2016) the most searched IDEs are:

  1. Visual Studio
  2. Eclipse
  3. Android Studio
  4. Vim
  5. NetBeans
  6. IntelliJ

If you want to see the complete list of most searched — and popular— IDEs, check out PYPL’s Top IDE Index.

If you scroll down, you’ll find a chart that lets you see how your favorite IDE(s) are doing right now. We chose Eclipse, NetBeans and IntelliJ because we want to see if and how users’ preferences have changed.

PYPL Top IDE index

It seems that IntelliJ has had its ups and downs (quite literally) but its popularity seems to be growing, the data extracted from Google Trends shows.

Back to our favorite trio. As JAXenter concluded three years ago, “deciding on the world’s best Java IDE is purely subjective – it all depends on what you need.”

According to our quick-vote, Eclipse is the winner, followed by NetBeans and IntelliJ.

  1. Eclipse (36%, 4,004 votes)
  2. NetBeans (33%, 3,697 votes)
  3. IntelliJ (31%, 3,445 votes)

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Developers’ favorite tools — All hail IDEs

Everyone loves IDEs. How do we know that? According to Packt’s third annual Skill Up survey, IDEs are among the most loved tools.

‘General purpose’ is the key phrase here. So much for greater specialization and more fragmentation. We want a ‘jack of all trades’ tool.

How does the future of the “classic IDE” look like?

JAXenter editor Dominik Mohilo talked with Mickael Istria, ‎Eclipse developer at Red Hat about the future of the “classic IDE.” Istria opined that “there will be incremental continuous improvements on all IDEs, with smarter menus or richer and more accurate features and support of new technologies, but it’s just continuous evolution like it has always happened.”

Some believe that web IDEs will take over everything. While I agree about their upcoming success, I have a more tempered opinion. I think as long as there will be trained developers and workstations, classic desktop IDEs will remain because they’ll still be more productive for many use-cases; just like Office suites are still there despite Google Docs.

Read the entire interview here

Speaking of desktop vs. browser-based IDEs, if you want to read more about their benefits and challenges, here’s a great article written by Tom Radcliffe.



Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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