Saurabh Agrawal, Practice Lead: Open Source Technologies, Java and AWS Cloud Solutions, DVT.
With the release of Java 19 in September, the ubiquitous software development language celebrates its 27th anniversary. During this time, Java grew to dominate the development landscape – and the job market – and remains one of the most popular and sought-after development skills today.
As a Java enthusiast, it’s gratifying to see how far Java has evolved over the years, adapting, improving, and supporting an ever-growing list of platforms and applications for the modern era of programming, portability, security, scalability and resilience.
It’s no exaggeration to say that most of the world’s leading open source frameworks were written in Java, including Microsoft Azure Spring Cloud, VMWare Spring, Redhat Quarkus, MicroProfile, and Micronaut, to name a few. all of which are favored by countless developers. globally for the creation of their software applications.
Whether it is a Google Android mobile application, a client-server web application, an embedded device, a video game, a cloud computing application, an IOT or a Big Data project, Java is still there, in part or in full.
Which brings me to the point of this article. Java is not only relevant, but will continue to dominate the development landscape for years to come. I’ve summarized my top eight reasons below.
2. Ubiquity. Almost all global banking, finance, and insurance organizations still use Java for enterprise-level applications.
3. Versatility. Java is a jack-of-all-trades and a master in many cases too:
- A wide variety of implementations are available in the Spring ecosystem, Jakarta EE (Jakarta Enterprise Edition), and Java Micro Editions.
- It remains one of the best choices for cloud computing and IOT development work due to its versatile, versatile and robust nature.
- JVM-based programming languages such as Kotlin, Scala, and Jetbrain’s Groovy are still used everywhere.
- Google Android developers like to build mobile apps using Java and Kotlin.
- Apart from the above use cases, Java is used to write machine learning programs, create neural networks, and figure widely in AI-related applications.
4. Community. Java has a helpful, resourceful, and welcoming open source community to support any developer’s learning and experience.
5. Compatibility. Version 19 of the Java Development Kit is still backwards compatible with previous versions.
6. Variety. A wide variety of rich APIs and a considerable number of open source libraries are available for Java and various Java-based frameworks. This makes development work suitable for a given project and also speeds up its release process. Examples include Google Guava, Eclipse and the Apache Foundation’s list of open source libraries, and JSON Jackson.
7. Predictability. A stable and careful release cycle provides developers with new features on a regular basis, with proper support and structure in place for porting or upgrades to applications, environments and infrastructure.
8. Cloud. Java is strengthening itself in the cloud-native digital transformation journey with frameworks such as GraalVM, Quarkus, Micronaut and Vert.X. Java is also widely supported on the Java-based Spring Framework, Spring Boot, and various other frameworks by public cloud providers such as AWS, Redhat, Microsoft Azure (Azure Spring Cloud), and VMware Tanzu.
The Java community and Oracle have enhanced and evolved the Java ecosystem for nearly three decades. The release of popular frameworks such as Quarkus, Microprofile, Micronaut, Spring 6, Spring Security 6, and Spring Boot 3 have brought much joy to the open source developer community, although developers will need to remain vigilant as new updates are released. Java days are underway. published in the next few years.
I am truly honored to see and experience the success of Java as a programming language and to see how the community has adapted to continue improving and responding to emerging trends in the software development industry.
Long live Java!