Java makes writing, compiling, and debugging programming easy. It helps to create reusable code and modular programs. Java is a class-based, object-oriented programming language and is designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It has a lot of benefits such as multithreading, dynamic flexibility, sandbox execution, etc. but, with evolving technologies, this sophisticated language is facing a lot of competition. But the big question is: Is it dead?
- Is Java really dying?
When JAVA came into the market, it was the big thing. Over the years, technology evolved and a lot of people switched over to new technologies. But does that mean that java is dead? The answer is no. Java is a sophisticated programming language that is backed by a big organization, Oracle. Oracle is a big player in this industry and they know how important it is to evolve with new technologies. Over the last few years, we have seen a lot of new updates in Java which makes working on Java easy. Java is open source and has a worldwide community invested in guiding its continued development and growth. Tech giants such as IBM, Google, and some others still have a good percentage of their applications and systems in Java. Java is employed heavily within the Big Data space for example with tools such as Apache Hadoop written in Java. The biggest banks / monetary enterprises of the world run Java to power their back-ends. It’s additionally employed in High-Frequency Trading applications. Java technology-based smart cards are also being adopted by many ISVs, corporations, and governments for identity solutions.
- What is Java being replaced by?
Writing codes is an art and an artist can choose his/her medium to display their art. Likewise, when it comes to programming languages different people have different preferences. Java is a sophisticated language and a lot of people like to use them but with the technological advancements Python, DevOps, etc. have also cemented their position in the industry.
- What are your thoughts about the future of Java?
Java is still a big thing. Its role is to be the core technology in many areas, balancing innovation, power, and maintainability to sustainably support the projects it’s used in. The future of Java is ever-evolving.
Java as a language is guided forward via a series of JDK enhancement proposals. These proposals range in terms of scope and are most often considered to have minor changes by most developers. But some changes, like Lambdas in Java 8, for example, have altered the function and utility of Java in major ways.
- How Java has Evolved Over the Past 5 Years
Java has a very famous slogan write once, run everywhere. In the last few years, java has evolved a lot. The renaissance of Java took place with Java 9,10 and 11. Java 9 came with modules and Java 11 with a local type interface. There are other plans where pattern matching and Haskell will feature. Oracle has a habit of investing in Java’s ecosystem and it came up with ‘Graal’. It is a polyglot VM that comes with a broad spectrum of benefits.