With the EclipseWorld conference kicking off this week in Boston, it would be easy to think
the open source Java tools project is everywhere.
According to the latest research from Evans Data, it is everywhere with developers.
Evans Data is reporting in its 2006 Annual Eclipse Global Enterprise
Survey Research Findings that 60 percent of respondents indicated they used
Eclipse as their primary IDE (define), up from 32 percent in 2005.
The study also found that in 2006, 65 percent of respondents used eclipse to
develop server centric applications. In 2005 only 55 percent reported using
Eclipse for server centric apps.
Of particular note in the survey results: two-thirds of the study respondents
indicated they would make use of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform
(RCP) in the next six month.
Eclipse RCP enables developers to more easily
develop cross platform applications that will run on Linux, Windows and
Macintosh. IBM has cited Eclipse RCP as the tool that it used to enable Lotus Notes to run
“We were very pleasantly surprised about the growth in the adoption of
Eclipse RCP,” Mike
Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, told
“Over the last year we have seen a lot more
companies and developers talking about using RCP and this study confirmed
this. That many more respondents also said they were planning on using
RCP in the next six months was also pretty exciting.”
Milinkovich overall has very high hopes for Eclipse RCP, especially as Microsoft’s Windows Vista release grows closer.