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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Eclipse Job Stats

As I noted earlier this month, I've been working with a number of groups on how to measure and track the health of ecosystems (as well as their size). One of the indicators that I find interesting is Job posting data because it's a good measure of economic activity and value creation. If a technology is creating value, there should be growth in demand for skills in that technology. If a technology is failing to create value and it's easily subsitutable, then we should see decreasing demand.

Back in January 2006 I ran some stats on developer tools in the Java space using which I prefer over monster because of it's strong technology focus which reduces "noise" in the data. Here is a comparison of the Jan 2006 and May 2007 numbers:

Jan 2006May 2007Change
Eclipse4901209Up 147%.
JDeveloper95169Up 78%.
NetBeans + "Net Beans"4159.Up 44%.
IntelliJ2763Up 133%.

Another interesting site that shows data on a relative scale and incorporates a more global perspective is

It's also interesting to compare "technology niches". Such as Swing development, Ajax development, or Mobile.

- Don


  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger Chris Aniszczyk (zx) said…

    Any stats on how much the demand for Eclipse talent is outpacing the actual talent pool? I guess that's a bit harder to quantify, but a common complaint from people I hear is the lack of an Eclipse-skilled workforce.

  • At 2:28 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    your percentage numbers look strange. I would have subtracted 100 from each

  • At 2:40 PM, Blogger Donald Smith said…

    Michael - thanks, fixed that. Forgot the -1 in n-1...

    Chris, very difficult to quantify indeed.

    - Don

  • At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Eclipse Job" means what exactly? Is it a posting for an Eclipse Developer or just someone who uses Eclipse as IDE?


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