The Eclipse platform dominated a straw poll on integrated development environments, more than doubling the ranking of the next closest IDE in the survey, Microsoft’s Visual Studio.
About 58 percent of developers polled said Eclipse is their favorite IDE. Visual Studio came in second with just over 18 percent of developers claiming it as their favorite.
The third place position was “text editor all the way,” meaning more than 14 percent of developers polled said they prefer to use text editors as their main development environment. Sun’s NetBeans came in fourth with nearly 8 percent. The fifth spot was taken by developers who simply responded: “IDE?” That accounted for 3 percent. Adobe Systems’ Dreamweaver was sixth with 1 percent, and Zend Technologies’ Zend Studio came in last with 0.67 percent.