Is JAVA still a preferred choice for application development?

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Is JAVA still a preferred choice for application development

With the advent of next-gen programming languages, some think it’s cool to speculate and say Java is dead, But never can they come any close to Java. And that is why Twitter moved back to Java.

Java is really the only choice when it comes to the requirements for a company like ours- extreme performance requirements and scalability requirements. There is no viable alternative. – Bob Lee, CTO, Square, http://www.wired.com/2013/09/the-second-coming-of-java/all/

Java is the most preferred choice of application development till date. Most of the enterprises run high-volume and high security applications. They can never afford to consider other programming that might let them down during a crucial juncture. There have been organizations that have moved to Java from .Net for the sake of stability.

The best thing about Java is that it’s a runtime environment. With that developers can actually utilize Java without coding in it.  None of the programming languages today allow collaborating with multiple languages like Java does. With Java virtual machines (JVM) one can easily execute most commonly used scripting languages on top of Java platform.

Java has evolved into something very different. It has quietly become the primary foundation for most the net’s largest and most ambitious operations, including Google, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Square, as well as Twitter. “It’s everywhere,” says Krikorian.-http://www.wired.com/2013/09/the-second-coming-of-java/all/

The prime advantage of Java is that it offers the following for quality application development

  • Multiple frameworks
  • Extensive collection of Open source libraries
  • Interfaces
  • Object oriented
  • GUI
  • Built-in networking support
  • Cross-platform portability
  • Primitive type sizes are specified and platform-independent

Today organizations demand highly flexible, zero-downtime, tremendously scalable business applications: for which Java is tailor-made. There is no alternative with the depth of Java SDK and Platform for finance, messaging and transaction management applications. For example, consider airline ticketing systems, Payment systems etc.

The platform independent nature of Java enables it for web services and other enterprise applications. Also Java is the back-bone of Android mobile operating system. Currently Android holds almost 85% of smart-phone market share. Again Java comes to the fore-front to offer developers with required SDKs and APIs to develop mobile applications.

Fact: Still, Java is the No.1 language in terms of number of developers working on it. More than 9 million+ java developers across the world meaning huge user-community support.

Although Java has its limitations but its adoption, robustness and large user base makes it unanimous choice for enterprise application development. While these next-gen programming languages need to sustain growth and prove themselves before being consider as a real alternative to Java.

“Java will keep brewing until technology is alive”

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