Report: Developers are moving from away from Java 8 to Java 11

by Jeremy
Previous reports of the Java community found that developers were still mainly using Java 8 and didn’t adopt newer versions. Still, according to Snyk’s JVM Ecosystem Report 2021, that is starting to change. This year, 61.5% of respondents use Java 11 somewhere in production, and almost 12% used the latest release, Java 15, during the survey. This is huge because it shows that developers upgrade their Java version beyond Java 8 to some extent. The mantra that most Java developers are comfortable staying on Java 8 seems to be slowly breaking apart,” Snyk stated in the report. However, half of the Java 11 users, currently the most used version, still use Java 8 in their production stack.

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The JVM Ecosystem Report 2021 was conducted over six weeks through February and March 2021, gathering the responses of over 2000 Java developers.

In addition, almost half of developers (44%) use the free AdoptOpenJDK distribution in production as one of their JDKs, and 48% use it in development.

Oracle is still a big player in the market, with 28% of developers using it for their OpenJDK build and 23% for the commercial OpenJDK. The third most popular supplier of JDKs in production is Azul, at 15.5% adoption.

The survey also found that 37% of respondents said they use at least two different JDKs, and 12.5% even use three or more different JDKs in production.

Other findings are that Java is still by far the most popular language by a long shot. Snyk stated it would probably remain that way in the foreseeable future and that JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA remains dominant as an IDE in the Java ecosystem.

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