RebelLabs Survey Findings: Java Developers Want to Use Professionally-Supported Technologies

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ZeroTurnaround’s technology investigation unit, RebelLabs, releases its 5th annual Java Tools & Technologies Report.

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"Java developers are more interested in tools and surrounding services from professional organizations, regardless of whether the tool is open source or commercial” says Oliver White, Head of RebelLabs.

ZeroTurnaround is preparing to release its annual statistical report on Java development tools & technologies. This year’s Java Tools and Technology survey was lead by Oliver White, Head of RebelLabs, and collected data from 2164 engineers, of which roughly two-thirds were Java/JVM software developers.

“This year’s sample population was double what we had in 2013, and I’d love to get 10,000 engineers or more to do next year’s survey. The strong response was partially because we decided to give 50 cents to a charity called Child’s Play for each completed survey. This really had a great effect,” commented White.

For 2014, RebelLabs covers more than a dozen different tool/technology segments within the Java industry in general, gathering the market share, usage and developer sentiment on different developer tools—such as IDEs, Application Servers, Build Tools, Web Frameworks, DBs, Continuous Integration tools and more. In addition, respondents were asked which IDE, build tool and alternative JVM language they would rather use or learn more about, regardless of their current technology stack. A sample of the results showed that:

        • With IDEs, 41% of respondents said they would prefer IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate--the commercial version--over any other IDE (IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, from JetBrains, has 26% of the market).

        • With build tools, 58% of developers want to learn more about using Gradle compared to any other build tool (Gradle, supported by Gradleware, has 11% of the market).

        • Regarding alternative JVM languages, 47% of those surveyed said they would like to learn Scala, followed by Groovy (31%), Clojure (12%) and others. Scala and related tools, backed by Typesafe, hold only 2% of the programming market, according to TIOBE.

White continued, “I think the message here is becoming more clear. That, given the chance, Java developers are more interested in tools and surrounding services from professional organizations, regardless of whether the tool is open source or commercial.”

By providing these survey results to the global Java community at large, RebelLabs aims to help the industry have deeper insight into the advantages and disadvantages of tools and methodologies used by software engineers. The full 35+ page report will be available the week of May 19th, and interested parties can visit the existing RebelLabs collection of over 25 technical publications (along with years worth of smaller articles and blog posts).

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