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Poll Result: Java Is Most Preeminent in Europe

Posted by editor on September 17, 2009 at 11:11 PM PDT

Some voters in this past week's poll questioned whether the question could be answered, but the result showed that a plurality of voters considered Europe to be region where Java has the greatest market share among competing technologies.

A total of 268 votes were cast. The exact question and response options and results were:

In which region does Java enjoy the greatest market share among competing technologies?

  • 4% (10 votes) - Africa
  • 11% (29 votes) - Asia: Indian Subcontinent
  • 9% (23 votes) - Asia: Japan, China, and other
  • 3% (8 votes) - Australia and New Zealand
  • 38% (101 votes) - Europe
  • 22% (60 votes) - North America
  • 14% (37 votes) - South America

The poll had barely been posted when ronaldtm asked "How could anyone know?":

I'm familiar with my country's market (my city's market to be more precise). How could I know how is the market in 'Asia: Indian Subcontinent'? How could an Australian guy know how is South America's market? Or does everybody here work for multi-national consulting companies, and keep traveling around the world?

I was certainly aware that this particular poll was more in the nature of asking people to take an educated guess than asking them to express a well-defined opinion. My assumption was that we all have a sense of Java's market share in our own country, and we all know Java is a global technology, and many of us have been to international conferences, and we read news about technology in other countries and on other continents... My hope was that people might just take their best guess.

Indeed, there were 268 votes cast, which is a fair amount. But weeanon was also displeased by the poll question ("this is a bad poll question").

As for the results, while I wasn't surprised by a high value for Europe, I expected the number for South America to be higher than it was. It seems to me that Java is a very major technology South America, especially in Brazil. For example, see the Java Today item that features the "JEDI-Brasil" article from the Java User Groups community. Brazil seems to have some of the largest JUGs in the world.

New poll: 'the Cloud'

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