Java Developers Prefer Open-Source, EDC Says

A new study conducted by research firm Evans Data Corp. (EDC) shows that Java developers are more likely to use open-source software than those who don’t use that programming language. The reason behind their preference for open-source is a philosophical one, said Albion Butters, senior analyst at EDC.


“It makes sense from a methodological perspective in that both Java and open-source share some of the same underpinnings in their philosophies—which is to say, low-cost and interoperability,” Butters said. “Going back to the inception of both technologies, those were driving factors. You’ve got developers that are in that mindset already. It also makes sense from the point of view of whether you’re in the Microsoft camp or not. If you’re not in the Microsoft camp, then you’re in the alternative camp, which can consist of Java and open-source.”


The research, which was presented at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco last month, featured a few key findings, Butters said. “Three things in particular seem relatively important: the use of open-source components or modules, the prevalence of enterprise developers to target Java architecture slightly more than the .NET platform and, finally, the way in which migration from Visual Basic 6.0 to Java represents a very key factor in its forward growth. There is migration from VB 6.0 to not only VB .NET, but also to Java.”


According to the study, 80 percent of heavy Java users (those who work with Java more than half of the time) and 73…


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