Evans Users Choice on IDE Available - Rational, Visual Studio, NetBeans
By pelegri on Jun 24, 2009
Evans Data just published their User's Choice on Software Development Environments. The survey asks for satisfaction of the respondents on the IDE features they used and weights them based on the aggregated priorities to determine satisfaction indexes.
The overall satisfaction rankings are: IBM's Rational Tools, MS's Visual Studio, NetBeans, JDeveloper, Sun Studio, Delphi, IntelliJ, Eclipse.
Note: my biggest issue with the EDC Users' Choice methodology is that they do not weigh in number of users for a given option, not do they disclose enough data to assess the relevance of the samples. So, as far as I've been able to determine, a few very happy customers can give a small, narrow, vendor the top ranking. Another caution area is the weights assigned to each feature to compute the overall ranking, but that is easier to navigate by using the per-feature rankings that are included in the report. As always, if you are interested in the topic, I recommend you to check out the report for details.