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Poll Result: Java Store/Warehouse Are Finding Early Adopters

Posted by editor on August 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM PDT

The results of the java.net poll suggest that the Java Store and Java Warehouse are in an "early adopter" phase, where there is interest and participation by a smallish group of innovators, with a larger group of people watching and waiting.

The poll actually ran twice: one week on the previous java.net infrastructure and one week on the new infrastructure. The results were pretty similar in both instances of the poll. Here, I'm reporting numbers from the second instance. The poll question and results were:

Do you plan to start using the Java Store and Java Warehouse?

  • 2% (3 votes) - Yes, I've already submitted software
  • 9% (12 votes) - Yes, it's a great way to distribute software
  • 5% (7 voters) - Yes, I'll probably get softwre through the store
  • 12% (16 votes) - I'm waiting to see if it catches on
  • 26% (35 votes) - Not until Linux is supported
  • 28% (37 votes) - No
  • 18% (24 votes) - I don't know; other

Combining some of the categories, we find that 16% of the votes were cast for some kind of "Yes" answer; 38% of the votes represent people who are watching and waiting; meanwhile, 28% are already certain they will not use the store and warehouse; and 18% either don't know if they'll use it, or they have a different answer.

In the first instance of the poll, on the prior platform, afishionado posted a comment titled "Not until Linux is supported":

I develop on Linux exclusively, so I'm in the camp waiting for that. I'm curious why support is only happening [on] one or two platforms at at time--is WORA really so hard that even Sun can't do it internally?

I'm also surprised "Not until my country is permitted" is not an option in the poll. I'm a US citizen, so it's not an issue for me, but surely not everyone on java.net is?

Yes, that second paragraph is a nice catch. I really should have included "Not until it's available in my country" as an option. It could be that many of the people who selected "I don't know; other" would have selected that option. If that's actually the case, then the size of the group that is watching and waiting gets bigger, perhaps approaching 50%.

Hence, to me, it looks like the Java Store and Java Warehouse projects are in a classic "early adopter" phase. You've got a relatively small (percentage-wise) group of people who are very interested, some of whom are already actively participating. Then, you've got a much bigger group that is interested enough to watch what's happening, and who express an intention to join in should certain obstacles be addressed and if various things develop the way they'd like to see them develop. Then, even though the project is new and beta, you already have people who have no intention to participate. And there are others who don't know if they'll eventually participate or not, some of whom probably don't really know much about the project in question (they may have heard the names, but not investigated it).

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