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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Evans study: Eclipse and NetBeans high usage but low rating

Evans Data Corp has just released The Developers’ Choice - IDE Scorecard, a study in which 1,200 developers worldwide rank the top IDEs they are using.

It seems a curious study. The most widely used IDE is clearly again Visual Studio. Eclipse gets a good third position while NetBeans is on the 6th position, that is also nice. So both Open Source IDEs have good health regarding users base.

But if we go to user overall rating we have that both NetBeans and Eclipse hold the last positions (in that order), while IBM Rational Application Developer gets the first place over Visual Studio. The reason that Evans give is: "this is due to their open and evolving nature".

You can download the IDE Scorecard for free.