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on December 25, 2009 at 10:23 AM PST
The latest java.net poll suggests that NetBeans users are moving quickly to the new NetBeans IDE 6.8 release...
The latest java.net poll suggests that NetBeans users are moving quickly to the new NetBeans IDE 6.8 release . This poll was interrupted by the recent java.net outage, so the earliest votes were not counted (unless the people revisited the poll after the outage and voted again). A total of 318 votes were cast after the poll was reopened. The final pattern of voting was close to the pattern before the outage (with the exception noted below), so I think the truncated results are fairly representative of all the voting that occured.
Here's the exact question and the final results:
Do you plan to upgrade to NetBeans IDE 6.8?
- 49% (156 votes) - I already have
- 11% (35 votes) - Yes, soon
- 7% (22 votes) - Probably, once I know it's stable
- 2% (5 votes) - I'll stick with my current NetBeans version
- 31% (99 votes) - No, I use another IDE
- ~0% (1 vote) - I don't know; other
The main difference between the voting before the outage (as I remember it) and the final post-outage tally, is that more people selected the "I already have" upgraded to NetBeans IDE 6.8 option, and fewer selected "Yes, soon," in the post-outage voting. In other words, a swath of people who were going to upgrade to 6.8 soon actually did the upgrade by the time the poll resumed.
Looking just at the NetBeans users who participated in the poll (69% of the total vote), 87% of NetBeans users have already upgraded to 6.8 or will do so soon; another 10% of NetBeans users will probably move to 6.8 once the quirks and kinks (if any) are patched; and 3% will stick with their current NetBeans version. This latter group might include people who consider later versions of NetBeans overly bloated (though recent versions have actually become more modular, even as new features have been added); this group probably also includes people who are satisfied with the NetBeans version they have, don't really need the features in newer NetBeans editions, and/or don't have the time or desire to interrupt their work to learn and adapt to a newer version.
Then, there was that single voter who selected "I don't know; other". That person might be waiting until after the holidays to make up their mind.
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