Is Java Here to Stay?

  12/30/15    Posted in IT Consulting Java
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Is Java Here to Stay?

In the past few years Java developer jobs have skyrocketed in demand. There are more developers employed now than ever before. This might seem since less than a year ago many experts said that Java would no longer be relevant in a short amount of time. Much of the negative assessment concerning this general-purpose language was spurred on by the purchase of Sun Microsystems by Oracle. Sun has been a very successful software firm since its release of the Java language in nineteen ninety-five. Since its release this language has evolved into to one of the most used languages used on the web. But why is Java so popular and why will it continue to be relevant in the coming years?

Real World Applications

Java is a powerful language that is suited for a wide variety of solutions. It can deliver files and applets to users online. It can be used to shuffle data back and forth from servers. It can even be used in software operating on desktop computers. This versatile language is used everywhere in the world and as libraries are added and new nodes are developed it will continue to remain popular.

One of the key contributing factors to Java’s popularity is the use of mobile devices. Every Android, iOS, or Windows phone in the world is running apps developed with Java. This is because low-impact programs are vital to mobile computing. Developers who create apps for mobile devices need to use the minimal amount of system resources and data. Java offers lite system requirements because it is designed to use the least amount of dependencies possible. With lower system requirements developers are able to create the apps most people love and enjoy on a daily basis.

Java is used for a lot more than just apps. Most scientific research requires computers to complete complex equations that could take days to solve for a human being. Unfortunately, there are very few off-the-shelf software solutions that allow scientists to collect and analyze the data they need. Writing programs to help complete important research means that a powerful language is needed. Java is the ideal language for these kinds of problems. Scientists can use Java to write the programs they need for their research without having to worry about if their computers are going to be impacted by a resource-hungry language.

Versatility

A general purpose language is a programming language used for a variety of solutions. In order for a language to work in a variety of situations it needs to be object oriented. That means that a general-purpose object-oriented language would be ideal for most developers. In order to do work in a variety of environments a language needs to be able to complete tasks on both ends of a network.

The node.js library is a part of the Java language that can create modules or applets that work on the server side or back-end. These applets might do something as simple as feed meta-data to a widget on a user’s desktop indicating whether a certain server or site is available. It’s not known just how many servers are currently running javascript, but it is known that millions of users are accessing sites that use Java on a daily basis. Ease of use and pre-built apps allow almost anyone to add applets to the backend of their site. As site owners and data centers grow in population so does the number of servers running Java.

The angular.js library is what most users interact with. This library is used to create dynamic apps used on websites for a wide variety of uses. Creating apps that make sites more fun and interactive has elevated the internet to an entirely new level. Static sites were once considered to status quo, but now site owners are beginning to see the use of interactive content. Information can be presented in an entirely unique way and users will feel as if they are truly interacting with a site rather than just visiting. Whereas the node library is intended for the back-end of servers, angular is for the front end.

These libraries are both versatile they both have their limitations and strengths. Using these libraries together will allow developers to continue creating some of the most powerful and useful applets and web content ever seen. Most importantly, this content will be used by millions of users on mobile and non-mobile computing solutions. Apps built in Java will run on personal devices as well as professional tools that need to be as accurate and versatile as possible on both ends of a network.

Not long ago nay-sayers told the world that Java was on its way out and that a newer and more powerful language would take its place. There was some major concern about the future of the formerly most used language in the world with the purchase of Sun Microsystems. Those worries were laid to rest with the release of version 8 of the Java language. New language features, commands, compatibility support, and even new tools have breathed new life into the J development kit, or JDK. Detailed information can be found on the official site, along with a link to download the free runtime environment and development kit. As for the future of Java, things are looking bright and they will continue to do so in the next version release.