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Poll Result: Open Source Projects that Use the Java/JVM Platform

Posted by editor on May 23, 2011 at 4:42 PM PDT

The results of the latest poll present an interesting picture of participation in Java/JVM-related open source projects. A total of 62 votes were cast in the poll. Here are the exact question and the voting tally:

What's the highest level of your participation in open source projects that use the Java/JVM platform?

  • 31% (19 votes) - I lead a Java/JVM open source project
  • 5% (3 votes) - I am a committer
  • 5% (3 votes) - I assist in testing and debugging
  • 16% (10 votes) - I follow projects closely, but don't actively participate
  • 35% (22 votes) - I use Java/JVM open source software
  • 5% (3 votes) - I don't know
  • 3% (2 votes) - Other

At first, looking at these numbers, I wondered if the pattern implied that open source project leaders were more likely to participate in the poll than participants who are not project leaders (i.e., those who develop and commit code, or test and debug it). But then, thinking about the projects on and at other open source project forges, it struck me that a great many open source projects are actually one-person endeavors. Sure, the most famous projects have much larger teams, with the very biggest projects often including developers who work on the projects full time for the corporations that employ them. But the vast majority of open source projects have one member: the founder.

Considering this, my guess is that the reason "I lead a Java/JVM open source project" received many more votes than "I am a committer" and "I assist in testing and debugging" is that most of the open source project participants who chose to vote in the poll are project leads for one-person projects. I could be wrong, of course, but...

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<p>As the poll only allowed one option to be chosen, my ...

As the poll only allowed one option to be chosen, my guess is that people selected the highest option they qualified for (I know I did). eg people who tested or committed to several projects, but led one project, would choose the "I lead a Java/JVM open source project" option. Not having multi-select in the polls invalidates a lot of results IMHO.

Selecting only one option is a limitation of our current ...

Selecting only one option is a limitation of our current poll application. That's why I tried to frame the question as you indicate: so they'd select the highest level of participation they've as yet accomplished.

Our polls are unscientific voluntary surveys. So, you're right, the results can't be credited as depicting a refined look at the broad Java community's perspective on a particular issue. Still, I find the voting results in our polls interesting...