Report: New software trends among Java users

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To better understand Java and its role in the larger software development ecosystem, New Relic has released a new report based on data collected from millions of applications that provide performance data.

Over the past two years, software developers have migrated a large portion of applications to Java 11, demonstrating the usefulness and desirability of a Long Term Support (LTS) release of Java. While the vast majority of applications were running on Java 8 (84.48%) as of March 2020, almost half (48%) of applications are now using Java 11 in production, compared to 46.5% of applications in Java 8. In Compared to this, Java 17 has not yet gained a significant position, but its popularity is growing rapidly, and it is expected to take the first place within a year.

Fifteen years ago, Sun took one of the most momentous steps in the open source movement by announcing that Java would be available as open source. This process started with the core Java platform, but expanded a year later to include the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK). Over time, the open source movement has seen significant evolution as developers migrated from Sun (now Oracle) to explore other JDK distribution sources.

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In 2020, Oracle dominated the Java market, with around 75% of its users relying on its JDKs. In the last two years, however, there has been a clear democratization. While Oracle still leads the market at 34.5%, Amazon has grown to 22% of the market. In addition, four vendors have market share, including Eclipse Adoptium at 11.5%, Azul Systems at 8.2%, Red Hat at 6%, and IcedTea at 5.4%.

Java’s original open source has set the language on the path to a more user-friendly, adaptable future. Additionally, Sun’s shift in strategy set an important example for other companies to provide open-source options for key solutions, resulting in widely adopted tools such as Kubernetes and OpenTelemetry.

Read the full New Relic report.

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