Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

Survey Sez: Java EE 7 Adoption Looking Pretty Good!

Java.net editor Kevin Farnham is at it again - he posed yet another pretty bold opinion survey on Java EE and got some pretty surprising answers. The question this time was simple but profound - How much impact has Java EE 7 had on your work thus far?. Surprisingly, a majority of responders (55%) are already seeing Java EE 7 adoption or expect to see it soon. Keep in perspective, Java EE 7 was released June of last year - all but about half-a-year ago! Below is a rough graph representation of the results as well as the actual breakdown:

How much impact has Java EE 7 had on your work thus far?

  • 17% - Significant: I'm working with Java EE 7 on a regular basis
  • 19% - Some: I'm starting to work with Java EE 7 increasingly
  • 2% - Slight: I don't use it myself, but I work with developers who do
  • 17% - None yet, but I expect Java EE 7 will impact some of my work soon
  • 19% - None: all of my Java EE work will remain on earlier versions long into the future
  • 20% - None, because all of my work is completely unrelated to Java EE
  • 6% - Other

It's of course hard not to think this is good news. As such, I suspect most Java.net readers probably have a slight tilt towards EE or at least are pretty well informed about EE. The overall sample size is also pretty small - 149. Having spent a few years working in the enterprise, my own gut reaction on this is that folks like us, the JBoss/WildFly/TomEE communities, and so many others are doing a much better job at getting the Java EE word out there than we collectively perhaps have in the past. I think it's fairly self-evident that we still have a lot of work ahead of us, particularly with things like the WebLogic and WebSphere communities.

Regardless of the ultimate time lines, the vectors seem to be pointing in the right direction even from a quick look at Google trends. Java EE fans should take a moment to rejoice, look to getting EE 7 adopted in their organization, start thinking about what they want from EE 8 and let us know their thoughts :-).

For folks interested, Kevin detailed the poll with a pretty good write-up.