EclipseCon 2009 Demographics

Each year we ask EclipseCon registrants some questions to better understand who is coming to EclipseCon.  The questions are optional but we tend to get a good percentage of attendees responding.  I am a bit late writing up the responses, but better late than never.  For this interested, the 2008, 2007 and 2006 responses are also available.

Years of Experience Using Eclipse

The EclipseCon crowd is a hardcore set of Eclipse users, 68% had more than 3 years experience using Eclipse.  This was up from 60% last year, who claimed to have more than 2 years experience.   (NOTE: we changed that scale to reflect the longevity of Eclipse.)  There was also a big drop (23% to 9%)  in the number of people who are new to Eclipse or have less than 1 year of experience.


Developer, Developers, Developers

EclipseCon continues the traditional of attracting technical people, 66% identified themselves as a developer or architect; very similar to last year.

Role 2009
Role 2009

Types of Company

ISV’s continue to be the predominate type of organization sending people to EclipseCon.  However, this seems to be declining and more people that are using Eclipse for internal use, either as a tools platform or using Eclispe RCP/Equinox as a platform for their applications, are sending people to EclipseCon.   IMHO, this is a very nice trend to see at EclipseCon, since it broadens the entire Eclipse community.

type-of-org-2009Popular Projects

This year we asked the respondents to select which projects they were using. We used a slimmed down list since we just have too many projects to make someone read the entire list.  The numbers for this question seem to be down across the board, which indicates to me that many people just didn’t bother answering.  Next year I think we will have to significantly reword this question.


4 thoughts on “EclipseCon 2009 Demographics

  1. Interesting: if you sum up all the modeling related projects, you end up with > 380: EMF (206), GEF (118), GMF (97), Other Modeling (79). Not bad – Modeling seems to be important.

  2. I think the “modeling inclined” have just about taken over Eclipse. If the only tool you have is a hammer everything begins to look like a nail. After all, isn’t a user interface just a bunch of models shoved into table or tree? 🙂

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