If you are brand new in the programming world and don’t know what to choose, you can use one of the popular programming language indices – TIOBE. It will show you different figures and statistics, but more importantly in this case, it will give you a complete picture of which are the most popular (respectively the most searched languages) on a global scale. If you decide to look at the ranking in different months and years, there is something that will definitely impress you – Java is always on first place! But due to what is all this popularity over the years? There are several answers to this question.
James Gosling describes Java as the “backbone” of аll programming languages. Java is designed to allow developers to do their job with minimal effort. In addition, Java is very suitable when many developers work on the same code. Of course you can write a difficult to read Java code (as you can in any language), but when you follow the basic writing principles it is much easier to read it than other languages.
2. Backward compatibility
Sum Microsystems, and afterwards, Oracle made a huge effort to make the code written in one version of Java to work on newer versions without any needs for changes. Although this rule also may have exceptions, Oracle is still managing to maintain this feature in the language. It is extremely convenient to get a complete code that works and implement it in your current project without wasting time in endless edits.
3. Good performance and reliability
Java is a language with over 20 years of history, which makes it a reliable language. It is suitable for applications of varying sizes, ensuring good reliability and performance. In support of this statement, it’s enough to see the companies that use it: Twitter (from Ruby on Rails switched to Java Virtual Machine (JVM)). In addition to Twitter, other huge companies that also use JVM are Spotify, Facebook, Salesforce, eBay, Hadoop, Cassandra, Spark and others. All projects related to large pieces of data are written either on Java or on Scala and run on JVM. If you’re looking for performance and flexibility, Java and JVM are obviously the right choices.
4. Java is always up to date
If you take a closer look at the TIOBE, you will see a significant increase in Java’s popularity since October 2014. This increase coincides with the release of the Java Development Kit 8 (JDK8). JDK is a huge step forward for all Java Developers, as it adds the lambda expressions and other useful features. In this way, Java Developers can program in a more functional way without having to study a whole separate language like Scala. In addition, the novelties make it much easier to optimize the performance of applications running on multi-core or multiprocessor machines.
Java is everything that a beginner needs in programming: an easy to learn and promising for professional development language. Do not hesitate, but apply today for the course “Programming Basics with Java”! We are expecting you!