RebelLabs Survey Shows Java EE Still Dominant, Solid Java EE 7 Adoption
The RebelLabs survey is a bit different from the similar DZone survey in that it asks participants to make mutually exclusive adoption choices. You can either be a Java EE user or a Java SE user. You are only allowed to choose one specific version of Java EE. While this may not be entirely reflective of more complex scenarios in real life, it does make the results a bit more interesting from an analytical perspective. The 2016 results for Java EE adoption are shown in the graphic below. A clear majority of developers - 58% - identified themselves as Java EE users. This is truly remarkable for a mature open standard like Java EE with a number of non-standard product vendors aggressively positioning themselves as competitors to Java EE for many years now. Even more encouragingly developers seem to be solidly behind Java EE 7 - far more so than previous versions including Java EE 6. It is especially good to see the number of J2EE users at a low percentage.
Java EE Guardian community were very worried what the RebelLabs survey was going to show in 2016. This is because the survey was taken when Oracle's commitment behind Java EE 8 still remained very uncertain. In fact RebelLabs correctly noted this may be a reason for lower participant support for Java EE compared to other years and the Java EE community has hard work ahead of it.
On behalf of the Java EE Guardian community it is only correct to thank everyone that indicate their support for Java EE and Java EE 7 in such surveys. Our volunteer driven work is intended to benefit you first and foremost - it is good to see that intent does not get lost in the muddle.