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on December 27, 2011 at 10:38 AM PST
Java.net is ending 2011 and starting 2012 with polls that give developers an opportunity to express what Java/JVM related events, news, or happenings they consider to have been the most important in 2011, and what they predict will be most important in 2012. The first poll (about 2011) closed this past Friday, with 520 votes being cast...
Java.net is ending 2011 and starting 2012 with polls that give developers an opportunity to express what Java/JVM related events, news, or happenings they consider to have been the most important in 2011, and what they predict will be most important in 2012. The first poll (about 2011) closed this past Friday, with 520 votes being cast. The exact question and results were:
The most important Java/JVM related happening in 2011 was:
- 38% (199 votes) - Java 7 release
- 13% (65 votes) - JavaFX open sourcing and plan for eventual operation on Mac and Linux
- 11% (55 votes) - Clarified, well-defined Java roadmap toward Java 8 and Java 9
- 1% (5 votes) - JCP.next and new JCP openness
- 1% (7 votes) - Increased global Java User Group prominence and activity
- 2% (12 votes) - Continued emergence of Cloud Computing
- 22% (113 votes) - Growth of Android
- 5% (26 votes) - I don't know
- 7% (38 votes) - Other
While I'm not surprised that the Java 7 release received the most votes, I didn't expect "Growth of Android" to be the second place vote getter. In terms of headlines, it seems like "Cloud Computing" gets a lot of publicity in comparision with Android -- but, in a way, not a real lot "happened" in terms of notable, definable progress with respect to the cloud in 2011 (at JavaOne, much of the Java EE discussion was related to preparing for the cloud once the marketplace begins to cohere to a single definition of what "the cloud" is, how it's structured, etc.); so this may explain why "Continued emergence of Cloud Computing" received a meager 2% share of the voting.
A couple of the options that are near and dear for me, "JCP.next and new JCP openness" and "Increased global Java User Group prominence," were considered most important by almost no one. But then, the prompt was asking people to select a single "most important" item for all of 2011 -- thinking about it that way, with other options that directly affect developers on a daily basis at their jobs, it makes sense that these two options wouldn't receive many votes.
Thirty-eight voters selected "Other," but none of them chose to leave a comment telling us what they were thinking...
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It's generally agreed that 2011 was a great year for Java and languages that run on the JVM. Our new poll asks you to respond to the prompt The most important Java/JVM news/event/happening in 2012 will be related to ... Voting will be open until January 6, 2012.
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