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Eclipse Adoption on The Rise

With the EclipseWorld conference kicking off this week in Boston, it would be easy to think the open source Java tools project is everywhere.

According to the latest research from Evans Data, it is everywhere with developers.

Evans Data is reporting in its 2006 Annual Eclipse Global Enterprise Survey Research Findings that 60 percent of respondents indicated they used Eclipse as their primary IDE , up from 32 percent in 2005.

The study also found that in 2006, 65 percent of respondents used eclipse to develop server centric applications. In 2005 only 55 percent reported using Eclipse for server centric apps.

Of particular note in the survey results: two-thirds of the study respondents indicated they would make use of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) in the next six month.

Eclipse RCP enables developers to more easily develop cross platform applications that will run on Linux, Windows and Macintosh. IBM has cited Eclipse RCP as the tool that it used to enable Lotus Notes to run on Linux.

"We were very pleasantly surprised about the growth in the adoption of Eclipse RCP," Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, told internetnews.com.

"Over the last year we have seen a lot more companies and developers talking about using RCP and this study confirmed this. That many more respondents also said they were planning on using RCP in the next six months was also pretty exciting." Milinkovich overall has very high hopes for Eclipse RCP, especially as Microsoft's Windows Vista release grows closer.

"Microsoft Vista is causing a lot of organizations to reconsider their technology platform and I think Eclipse RCP will be a great alternative to .NET," Milinkovich said. "We think that RCP has a great component model and its multi-platform capabilities offers developers more choice and flexibility."