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Poll Result: Reaction to JDK 7 Feature List Is Mixed

Posted by editor on September 11, 2009 at 10:37 AM PDT

Participants in this past week's poll expressed a variety of views over the feature list in the upcoming JDK 7. The overall tenor was a mix of indifference and disappointment, with a small group expressing enthusiasm.

A total of 485 votes were cast. The exact question and results were:

What's your reaction to the JDK 7 feature list?

  • 20% (99 votes) - I love it and can hardly wait
  • 29% (143 votes) - Some handy but insignificant features
  • 27% (133 votes) - Disappointed; when do we get JDK 8?
  • 13% (62 votes) - I don't care
  • 10% (48 votes) - Other

If you consider "Some handy but insignificant features" to represent a kind of indifference (i.e., "this won't significantly change my life"), then summing the three middle responses gives us an "indifference and disappointment" index of 69%. That's quite large. And it's possibly even larger, given that 10% of voters did not see an option that fits their reaction (so they selected "Other").

Soon after the poll was published, it received its first comment, from fabriziogiudici, who wished there was an option that was less positive than "I love it and can hardly wait" but more positive than "Some handy but insignificant features":

I understand that we can't have dozens of options for every poll, but please give us some more choice. I'm going to vote "I love it and can hardly wait", but it's far from my point of view. I'd have answered "it's a reasonable choice", but it won't change my way of working; still I can't vote "handy but insignificant" since it sounds pretty negative (while my feedback is positive).

That's a valid point, another option between those two would have been good.

mrmorris, who submitted the poll, responded to Fabrizio's comment, noting that "providing options with a sufficiently wide span is hard." I agree with that, too. In fact, I often think of response options that probably would have been good in a poll -- right after the poll is published! But there's no way to go back once the first vote has been cast.

Most of the other comments were expressions of disappointment over specific features that are not going to be in JDK 7.

As I mentioned, mrmorris (Casper Bang) submitted this poll. This is the first poll that was submitted by a member of the community since I've been editor, and it clearly was a good one, drawing a lot of interest from the community (almost 500 votes is a lot of participation for a poll). So, again, I thank Casper / mrmorris for submitting it.

I'd really like to see more polls created by the community. Surely you don't think I have unlimited creative powers for inventing interesting polls, do you? So, if you'd like to submit an idea for a poll, please go to our Submit Content page, enter your idea, and select "Poll Question" on the "Please choose where you think this item should go on the homepage" pull-down. That will come directly to me.

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