Companies are turning to Java at a higher rate than ever, a new report by IDC reveals. From the third quarter to the fourth quarter of 1997, the percentage of US companies that say they use Java in some fashion jumped from just under 35 per cent to more than 45 per cent.
The study compares survey results from October/November 1997 with similar results dating from the summer of 1997. Each survey was based on a sample of about 800 US companies. IDC qualifies the jump in reported Java use as "dramatic".
According to the study, the growth of Java use was strongest in small and medium companies, which appear to be catching up with larger enterprises. IDC does point out that the high corporate adoption rate of Java is still mainly a US phenomenon. The research company attributes this to the higher concentration of C++ programmers in the US. Programming in Java is similar to C++.
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