Our annual Jakarta EE Developer Survey results gives everyone in the Java ecosystem insight into how the cloud native world for enterprise Java is unfolding and what the latest developments mean for their strategies and businesses. Here’s a brief look at the top technology trends revealed in this year’s survey.
For context, this year’s survey was completed by almost 950 software developers, architects, and decision-makers around the world. I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey, particularly our survey partners, Jakarta EE Working Group members Fujitsu, IBM, Jelastic, Oracle, Payara, Red Hat, and Tomitribe, who shared the survey with their communities. Your support is crucial to help ensure the survey results reflect the viewpoints of the broadest possible Java developer audience.
Jakarta EE Continues to Deliver on Its Promise
Multiple data points from this year’s survey confirm that Jakarta EE is fulfilling its promise to accelerate business application development for the cloud.
As in the 2020 survey results, Jakarta EE emerged as the second-place cloud native framework with 47 percent of respondents saying they use the technologies. That’s an increase of 12 percent over the 2020 survey results, reflecting the industry’s increasing recognition that Jakarta EE delivers important strategic and technical benefits.
Almost half of the survey respondents have either already migrated to Jakarta EE or plan to within the next six to 24 months. Together, Java EE 8, Jakarta EE 8, and Jakarta EE 9 are now used by 75 percent of survey respondents. And Jakarta EE 9 usage reached nine percent despite the fact the software was only released in December 2020.
With the rise of Jakarta EE, it’s not surprising that developers are also looking for faster support from Java EE/Jakarta EE and cloud vendors.
Microservices Usage Continues to Increase
Interestingly, the survey revealed that monolithic approaches are declining in favor of hybrid architectures. Only 18 percent of respondents said they’re maintaining a monolithic approach, compared to 29 percent who have adopted a hybrid approach and 43 percent who are using microservices.
A little over a year ago, monolithic implementations were outpacing hybrid approaches, showing just how quickly the cloud native Java world is evolving. In alignment with these architectural trends, MicroProfile adoption is up five percent over last year to 34 percent.
Download the Complete Survey Results
For additional insight and access to all of the data collected in our 2021 Jakarta EE Developer survey, we invite everyone to download the survey results.