On November 3, 1999, results of The North American Developer Opinion Survey by Evans Marketing Services were released, reporting that 44% of developers are now using Java some portion of the time. The study predicts Java use will increase to 57% by next year. Usage patterns outside the U.S. currently stand at 43% using Java, with 61% planning to use the language next year.
When asked what the results of the survey mean to people in the corporate IT space, and to what does she attribute the steady growth of Java, Janel Garvin, vice president of research at Evans Marketing Services, says Java use is “quite strong in the corporate space,” specifically in “enterprisewide corporate apps. Obviously, the number one area it’s being used in is the Internet space.” Its second most popular area of use is the “enterprisewide development arena, where it’s being used in large corporate enterprise apps.” For example, she says, “You have 50,000 people and 20 different sites to deploy in a very heterogenous environment. Java, being a multi-platform language, is well-suited for this; it’s well-suited for Corba, and it’s a natural for thin clients.”
Garvin sees other implementations further down the road. “When we asked developers about Java use,” she says, “we asked them not just the percentage they’re spending on it now, but how much they plan to spend on it next year as well. In every case, they responded that they’re expecting to spend more on it next year. This isn’t true of VB, nor of C++, it’s only true of Java.” Garvin explains that Java is not the primary language being used, but because of the large code-base out there, among newer Web-based implementations, it is certainly the most steadily growing. //