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Polls: Do You Read Java Magazine? And the Java 7/8 "Plan B" Decision (in Retrospect)

Posted by editor on May 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM PDT

Our most recently completed poll suggests that, while the new Java Magazine is starting to find a regular readership, there is still plenty of room for more growth.

A total of 266 votes were cast in the poll, along with a single comment. The exact question and results were:

Do you read Java Magazine?

  • 15% (39 votes) - I usually read most of the articles in each issue
  • 8% (21 votes) - I often read several articles per issue
  • 18% (47 votes) - I typically browse through the magazine, reading here and there
  • 5% (12 votes) - I subscribe, but haven't actually read anything yet
  • 5% (12 votes) - I don't subscribe to Java Magazine yet, but I plan to
  • 3% (9 votes) - I'm not interested in Java Magazine
  • 28% (74 votes) - What's Java Magazine?
  • 20% (52 votes) - Other

To be clear, this is not a scientific poll, merely a voluntary survey. Still, we can say that, among the people who chose to vote, about 40% are currently Java Magazine readers. Another 10% (those who subscribe but haven't read anything yet, and those who plan to subscribe) may become readers soon.

This leaves about half of the voters expressing that they are not Java Magazine readers. Only 3% saying they are not interested in Java Magazine, so almost half of the voters are not readers for another reason. 28% don't know what Java Magazine is. For these people, I recommend trying out Java Magazine, which is free!

It's interesting that the second most selected choice was "Other" (20%). One would assume that these voters are not current Java Magazine readers, but that they might be interested in reading Java Magazine (otherwise, wouldn't they have selected the "I'm not interested" option?). Java.net user grelf posted a comment that may provide a hint as to why so many people selected Other:

It is too hard to read. If I enlarge the text, navigation becomes a nightmare. It would be much better as a set of HTML pages.

I have seen complaints similar to this elsewhere...

Here's how your Java Magazine subscription currently works: when you get your email telling you a new issue of Java Magazine is available, it includes a link that you open in a web browser. But you don't have to view the issue in a browser. Once you're there, there is a button that lets you print the issue, and also a "Download" button that lets you save the issue as a PDF.

Printing the entire issue uses quite a lot of printer ink, since Java Magazine is a full-color production. I find downloading the PDF and viewing the magazine in my PDF viewer to be my most convenient method for enjoying the magazine.

Anyway, it would be interesting for the Java Magazine team, I'm sure, if they heard the format-related complaints people have. Please feel free to comment below about this, if you'd like, and I'll gladly relay the comments to Java Magazine [disclosure: I currently write news items for the Java Nation section of Java Magazine, and I'm planning to write full-scale technical articles in the future].

As for Java Magazine's actual content, I've not heard any complaints about that. It's high quality technology writing, in my opinion (again, note the above disclosure).

New poll: the decision to split Java 7 into Java 7 and Java 8

On 20 September 2010, Mark Reinhold announced: It's time for ... Plan B. This was the plan that would reduce what would be in Java 7, splitting out some of the previously planned features into a new Java 8. At the time, Mark noted: "The vo­lu­mi­nous feed­back was strongly--though not uni­ver­sally--in favor of Plan B."

Our current Java.net poll asks you what today, in retrospect, you think about this. The poll asks: Was the decision to release Java 7 earlier by pushing some enhancements into Java 8 a good one?. Voting will be open until Friday, May 25.


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I think that may have been a temporary problem - all the ...

I think that may have been a temporary problem - all the links seem to work now.