Posted by editor
on August 12, 2013 at 1:37 PM PDT
In the recently completed Java.net poll on Continuous Integration (CI), a majority of voters declared that they don't know what Continuous Integration is. A total of 280 votes were cast in the poll...
In the recently completed Java.net poll on Continuous Integration (CI), a majority of voters declared that they don't know what Continuous Integration is. A total of 280 votes were cast in the poll, which ran for two weeks.
The exact question and results were:
Does your company utilize Continuous Integration (CI) in its software development projects?
- 30% (85 votes) - Yes
- 9% (25 votes) - CI is used in some projects
- 8% (22 votes) - No
- 53% (148 votes) - What's 'Continuous Integration'?
This result (caveat: this is not a scientific poll) illustrates that some topics or technologies that receive quite a lot of commentary within certain subsets of the Java community may be quite unknown to many in the broader community.
Or, perhaps that's not quite true. Is it possible that the terminology isn't known to some, but the technology is? For example, might the result have been considerably different if specific continuous integration servers were listed in the question? Or if the question was "Which Continuous Integration (CI) server/framework does your company use?" with several different CI tools listed as the response options? That poll might be an interesting experiment...
Anyway, the results of this poll suggest that there may be a strong correlation between your company using continuous integration and your knowing what CI is. That's a little bit interesting, anyway!
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