BZ Media, the people that publish SD Times, does an annual Java survey of their readership. Alan Ziechick has published the results of the IDE and Java app server usage questions. Nice to see Eclipse continuing to command a huge lead with 69.6% of the respondents indicating they use Eclipse; an increase of 4.5% from 2005. Second place goes to NetBeans with 23.3%; an increase of 5.4% from 2005. IBM is in third and fourth place with Websphere Application Studio and Rational Application Developer; both Eclipse based tools.
As with all stats and surveys this is just one data point but I think it reinforces an important trend that I experienced at JavaOne – the Eclipse community is thriving and growing.