Java leads, but .Net is gaining fast

Recent data released by industry analyst the Meta Group has found that while J2EE is overwhelmingly dominant in the Australian development space, Microsoft's .Net initiative is hot on its heels with at least 41 per cent of organisations polled currently working on .Net projects.

Java's lead is impressive, with 72 per cent of respondents working with J2EE at the time of the survey. However, most organisations have not yet chosen a standard for their development projects -- only 42 per cent of projects have settled on .Net or J2EE. Meta sees this as a strong indicator for further take-up of .Net.

By 2004, the analyst group predicts that Microsoft will hold around 30 per cent of the market for enterprise application development, and that Java will stabilise at approximately 40 per cent. The remaining the 30 per cent will be the domain of legacy technologies and existing efforts such as Corba.

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