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Over 60% of developers use Java SE 11 in production.

According to a new report from Snyk, the JVM Ecosystem Report 2021, a majority of developers are moving to the new Java 11 platform.

This report presents the results of the largest annual survey on the state of the JVM ecosystem. The survey was conducted over a period of six weeks through February and March 2021, gathering the responses of over 2000 Java developers.

“We found out that 40% of the survey participants use more than one Java version in production,” Snyk reports. “Because of this, we can also conclude that more people than we realized do upgrade to versions beyond 8. Currently, 61.5% are using Java 11 in production, and almost 12% are using the latest release, which was Java 15 during the survey.

This shows that developers do upgrade their Java version beyond Java 8, according to Snyk.

What the survey also found

Snyk found that 44% of Java Developers currently use AdoptOpenJDK builds of OpenJDK. “It is interesting to see that 44.1% of respondents use the free AdoptOpenJDK distribution in production,” they write. This makes it the most prevalent in the Snyk survey.

“However, we can also see that Oracle is still a big player in the market, with 28% for their OpenJDK build and 23% for the commercial Oracle JDK,” they add.

The report also found that over 70% of JVM developers use IntelliJ IDEA. “For years, we’ve seen the dominance of JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA in the Java ecosystem,” they write. “This year is not any different.”

According to the survey, IntelliJ IDEA is the most widely used within the JVM community. Also, the adoption of Visual Studio Code and Apache Netbeans grew tremendously.

“We found out that more than half of the JVM community sees fit for multiple IDEs,” the survey says.

Another finding: Maven is still the number one build system for the Java ecosystem. “More than 76% of the JVM developers use Maven to build their applications,” the report says. This is even higher than last year’s survey. “Gradle is comfortably holding second place with 38.1%, also scoring higher than it did last year,” they add.