NetBeans 5.5 Performance Survey

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Results summary

Q1a: Specify your HW configuration - RAM:

    ( 2%) RAM <= 256MB
    ( 1%) RAM = 384MB
    (16%) RAM = 512MB
    ( 5%) RAM = 768MB
    (45%) RAM = 1GB
    (31%) RAM > 1GB

Q1b: Specify your HW configuration - CPU frequency:

    ( 4%) CPU <= 1GHz
    (46%) 1GHz < CPU <= 2GHz
    (50%) CPU > 2GHz

Q1c: Specify your HW configuration - number of CPUs:

    (80%) 1 CPU
    (18%) 2 CPUs
    ( 2%) > 2 CPUs

Q2: Which operating systems do you use NetBeans 5.5 on?

    ( 2%) Windows Vista
    (73%) Windows XP
    ( 8%) Windows 2000/NT
    ( 1%) Windows other
    (36%) Linux
    ( 1%) Solaris SPARC
    ( 3%) Solaris x86
    ( 7%) MacOS
    (5 votes) Other

Q3: Which JDK version do you run the NetBeans IDE on?

    (60%) Sun JDK 1.5.0(_xx)
    (57%) Sun JDK 1.6.0

Q4: Do you use any additional command-line switches to tune the VM performance (-Xmx, -Xms, -incgc, etc.)?

    (81) no
    (19%) yes

Q5: What size (number of java files) is the largest project you use with NetBeans 5.5?

    ( 3%) > 10.000
    ( 6%) 5.000 - 10.000
    (20%) 1.000 - 5.000
    (36%) 100 - 1.000
    (18%) 50 - 100
    (18%) < 50

Q6: How would you rate the overall responsiveness of NetBeans 5.5?

    (10%) great
    (48%) good
    (33%) fair
    ( 9%) bad
    ( 1%) terrible

Q7: How would you rate the speed with which menus appear (including context menus)?

    (14%) great
    (50%) good
    (28%) fair
    ( 6%) bad
    ( 1%) terrible

Q8: How would you rate the responsiveness of browsing packages and files in the explorer?


    (16%) great
    (51%) good
    (26%) fair
    ( 6%) bad
    ( 1%) terrible

Q9: How would you rate the responsiveness of typing in the editor?

    (19%) great
    (47%) good
    (24%) fair
    ( 8%) bad
    ( 2%) terrible

Q10: How would you rate the responsiveness of navigating (scrolling, moving around in files, switching between files) in the editor?

    (16%) great
    (50%) good
    (26%) fair
    ( 6%) bad
    ( 1%) terrible

Q11: How would you rate the responsiveness of the editor's code-completion?

    ( 7%) great
    (27%) good
    (34%) fair
    (22%) bad
    ( 9%) terrible
    ( 1%) I haven't used it


Q12: How would you rate the responsiveness of stepping through code in the debugger?

    ( 9%) great
    (35%) good
    (28%) fair
    ( 8%) bad
    ( 3%) terrible
    (17%) I haven't used it

Q13: How would you rate the responsiveness of browsing debugging information in the debugger?

    ( 7%) great
    (36%) good
    (29%) fair
    ( 7%) bad
    ( 3%) terrible
    (19%) I haven't used it

Q14: How would you rate the performance of compilation?

    (19%) great
    (47%) good
    (23%) fair
    ( 9%) bad
    ( 1%) terrible
    ( 1%) I haven't used it

Q15: How would you rate the responsiveness of Version Control related functionality?


    ( 7%) great
    (28%) good
    (21%) fair
    ( 4%) bad
    ( 3%) terrible
    (36%) I haven't used it

Q16: How would you rate the responsiveness of Web and J2EE application development?

    ( 7%) great
    (29%) good
    (21%) fair
    ( 6%) bad
    ( 3%) terrible
    (34%) I haven't used it

Q17: How would you rate the performance of deployment to Tomcat and Sun Java System Application Server?

    (11%) great
    (26%) good
    (21%) fair
    ( 8%) bad
    ( 3%) terrible
    (32%) I haven't used it

Q18: How would you rate the performance of Module Development Support?

    ( 2%) great
    (16%) good
    (10%) fair
    ( 1%) bad
    ( 1%) terrible
    (70%) I haven't used it

Q19: How often do you use NetBeans 5.5 during your work day?

    (74%) most of the time, the IDE is my main application
    (23%) occasionally, for specific tasks
    ( 3%) rarely

Q20: How often do you launch NetBeans 5.5?

    (49%) several times a day
    (31%) once a day
    (15%) several times a week
    ( 5%) once a week

Q21: Do you see the startup time of NetBeans 5.5 as a problem?

    (21%) no, it starts fast enough
    (66%) no, but I would appreciate it being faster
    (12%) yes, it is a big problem for me

Q22: Have you ever experienced gradual performance degradation that could only be remedied by restarting NetBeans 5.5?

    (36%) no
    (52%) sometimes
    (12%) frequently

Q23: Have you ever encountered an OutOfMemoryError with NetBeans 5.5?

    (74%) no
    (23%) sometimes
    ( 3%) frequently

Q: What additional packs do you have installed into NetBeans 5.5?

    (28%) Mobility Pack
    (54%) Visual Web Pack
    (51%) Enterprise Pack
    (56%) Profiler
    (21%) C/C++ Pack
    ( 8%) Other