Developers' use of open source Eclipse doubles

The adoption rate of the open source Eclipse integrated development environment has more than doubled in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region, industry analysts have revealed.

The adoption rate of the open source Eclipse integrated development environment has more than doubled in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region, industry analysts have revealed.

A survey of nearly 400 EMEA developers by analyst firm Evans Data found that a third now use Eclipse, in a growing challenge to Microsoft’s Visual Studio.net environment. Evans Data also predicted that use of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform plug-in set will triple within the next two years.

Evans Data president John Andrews said, “These results are reflective of the overall market adoption we are seeing for Eclipse adoption globally. The addition of the Rich Client Platform provides the developers a great advantage, being able to write an application once and it will run on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.”

The survey also found that 42% of EMEA developers use XML in their work – boosting the take-up of the Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) web development standards for interactive web applications. Ajax use had increased by 12%, Evans Data found.

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