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Posted by editor on July 7, 2012 at 6:14 AM PDT

Our recently completed poll about the Adopt OpenJDK project suggests that the project is gaining some visibility among Java developers, but there's a large group that isn't all that familiar with the project. A total of 428 votes were cast. The exact question and results were:

What's your view of the Adopt OpenJDK project?

  • 17% (74 votes) - It's a great idea - I plan to participate
  • 7% (29 votes) - It's a great idea, but I probably won't participate
  • 2% (7 votes) - It's probably a good thing
  • 1% (3 votes) - I don't think it will gain much
  • 18% (77 votes) - What's the Adopt OpenJDK project?
  • 3% (13 votes) - I don't know
  • 53% (225 votes) - Other

The Adopt OpenJDK project is so new that the high number of people who selected the non-specific options perhaps should not surprise us. The results (which, of course, are not scientific) imply that the news about AdoptOpenJDK's existence has not yet expanded such that the general developer is aware of it.

Among the voters who expressed knowledge about what the Adopt OpenJDK project is, a significant majority consider the project a great idea, including a large group of developers who applaud the project even though they doubt they'll personally be participating in it.

Projects like Adopt OpenJDK and Adopt-a-JSR, along with the effort, are the cutting edge of an attempt to transform the way Java evolves from a fairly closed system where a few people make all the decisions (what it's been in the past) into an open, community-driven process, where anyone can participate, all the key discussions are public, anyone can submit comments, etc.

How can this be a bad thing? Well, yes, 10 Million Java developers all speaking out simultaneously would be a problem. But, that's unlikely to happen.

The fact is: the world has changed. In today's world, people like to be able to customize their own systems. Allowing developers to participate in the future evolution of Java and the JVM brings Java into the modern context of customer-driven product enhancement. That's a very good thing for Java's future, in my view. In fact, without these changes, I think Java would likely stagnate.

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