A new study was published by New Relic in order to better understand and define its role in the larger software development community. The data collected from millions of applications is shown to help.
Over the past two years, software developers have moved a large portion of applications to Java 11, demonstrating the utility and effectiveness of a long-term support program. While the majority of applications used on Java 8 (84.48%) as of March 2020, nearly half (48%) of applications now use Java 11 in development, compared to 46.5% of applications in Java 8. In contrast, Java 17 has not established a significant position, but it is rapidly growing in popularity, and it is expected to grab the top spot within a year.
Sun made one of the most significant changes in the process, beginning with the core Java Platform, but expanded to include the OpenJDK, a year later. Over time, the open source movement has seen a significant rise as developers migrate from Sun (now Oracle) to explore other JDK distribution sources.
Oracle dominated the Java market in 2020, with roughly 75 percent of its users using its JDKs. However, the last two years have seen a significant democratization. Besides, four vendors have a market share including Eclipse Adoptium with 11.5%, Azul Systems with 8.2%, Red Hat with 6%, and IcedTea with 5.4 percent.
Java's initial open source source provided the language with a more user-friendly, adaptive future. Sun's approach provided an important example for other companies to provide open source solutions, leading to widely popular tools including OpenTelemetry.
Read the New Relic.