By Vladimir Kuzmenko, NIX United
Java is a popular programming language that is the preferred choice of large enterprises and companies like Google and Facebook. The development language is versatile and offers functional abilities that allow organizations the ability to solve complex enterprise tasks. In these cases, one of the obvious choices is Java, which can be found at play on websites, including eBay, Amazon, and LinkedIn. These and many other sites use Java because it is the most reliable programming language for web development of complex platforms.
First launched in 1995 by Sun Microsystems (well before that company was acquired by Oracle), this language allows companies to solve complex enterprise tasks and is widely used in the medical, pharmaceutical, finance, and insurance sectors. One estimate notes that Java is used in more than three billion devices worldwide.
Today programmers have many language options to complete their tasks. So, why do programmers consistently choose Java? In the following, let’s explore some of the reasons why the language is so popular, in detail.
Java Is Easy To Learn
Java is one of the easiest programming languages to learn. Its English-like syntax and the limited number of characters mean Java can be mastered quickly compared with other programming languages.
These advantages also mean that if improvements in an application are needed, the developer can easily apply the necessary changes appropriately.
Numerous Developer Tools
Java is unique in that it offers customization options that can increase the capability of applications created with the language. Developers can use integrated development environments (known as IDEs), such as NetBeans and Eclipse, to develop efficient, highly productive applications in today’s ever-evolving marketplace. Also, as well-known Java frameworks, such as Apache Struts, Dropwizard, Spark, and more are open source, developers anywhere can use these tools as out-of-the-box solutions.
Compatibility Across Platforms
As Java applications can run on any operating system, it offers flexibility and opportunity. For instance, a developer may create a Java-based system on Windows but use it in a system that operates on UNIX.
This also means that Java is the programming language most suited to tasks involving the integration of one system into another, such as smartphones, ATMs, servers, and more.
Now, the perfect programming language has not been developed, and Java has its issues when compared with other object-oriented alternative languages. For instance, Java is unable to reveal information on lower-level hardware to developers, which means extra work to obtain this information.
As Java is likely the most popular programming language being used, it also has a robust community that supports its use and ongoing development. Oracle is an active partner with this community to make sure user enhancements are addressed promptly.
You may also have noticed that many groups worldwide host Java user group meetings, offering the developer community both learning and networking opportunities. There is also an independent, open-source foundation, OWASP, that focuses on security for Java applications.
Tomorrow And Beyond
By any measure, the advantages of Java far outweigh its issues. Most experts predict that it will remain a leading, if not the leading, programming language for years. This offers you the opportunity to seek flexible solutions for your issues and those that will arise tomorrow.
About The Author
Vladimir Kuzmenko is senior vice president of business development for NIX United. Organizations seeking a reliable partner to help create software solutions, look to NIX. With hundreds of Java developers and years of experience, NIX can offer efficient software solutions and help hurdle any issues that may arise.