As many blog readers know, Bruce Eckel posted a thoughtful piece on Java vis-a-vis closures and language features. As an aside, he writes:
That caught my eye. Java 1.1, really?People who don't want to deal with these changes don't upgrade, and those people tend not to upgrade anyway, out of conservatism. Many companies are still using Java 1.1 for that reason.
At the beginning of meetings, the StL Java User Group often holds informal polls to see which versions of Java are being used. From that, and from common sense, I respect that JDK 1.3 and 1.4 are still widely used. I wouldn't be surprised if JDK 1.2 is out there somewhere, in much fewer numbers.
But JDK 1.1 ? To the point that one can say "many companies" ?
An Informal Poll
Enlighten me, readers. Which version of the JDK are you using? What was the lowest version you have used in the last 2 years? I've been on JDK 1.6 for the last 2 client sites, but I realize that is quite rare.