The Future of Java

It’s safe to say that technology has changed since the early 90s – a lot.

That being said, Java remains one of the most highly demanded programming languages, due to its ability to adapt to and keep up with the changing trends in the tech and software industries.

Java is currently used by 69% of developers worldwide. Though there’s competition from C# and Python, Java continues to be the favoured programming language as it is:

  • User-friendly and easy to learn
  • Universal and platform-independent
  • Offers rich API
  • Offers powerful development tools
  • Is a cost-effective solution for any business

With constant updates and enhancements, it can be difficult to keep up with the Java’s current trends. 

But we’re here to help shine light on the most talked about Java trends in 2021 so far.

Java trends in 2021

Spring: Spring is a versatile framework within Java, favoured for its flexibility and diversity. It’s commonly used for online shopping and streaming platforms, banking and insurance and is a fantastic solution for building an organisation’s applications.

Big data: With the growth of big data in information and computing, more organisations have turned to Java as the preferred language in these projects. This is down to Java’s range of open-source tools, such as Apache Spark, JFreechart, Deeplearning4j and Apache Storm.

Integration Testing: Testing is essential when it comes to writing codes to ensure there are minimal typing errors. Developers can use frameworks such as Robot Framework, Cucumber and JUnit. These tools help to simplify the coding process by scanning for mistakes, ultimately saving developers a lot of time.

Serverless Architecture: Serverless architecture is a cloud service model that allows you to focus wholly on coding. It’s becoming more popular as you don’t have to update the operating systems, scale the application or network configuration.

The future of Java

Despite its first release in 1996, the future of Java is brighter than ever.

The global community of developers is looking to increase by 28.7 million in 2024. So, it’s clear that the demand on programming isn’t decreasing any time soon.

Java are looking ahead to September 2021 and the release of their next LTS version, JDK 17. The latest release is expected to contain updates that will:

  • Make it easier to use various PRNG algorithms
  • Have improved support for stream-based programming 
  • Include the eliminate of code duplication in PRNG classes

It’s hard to predict what the next big invention will be in Java development. But experts are confident that Java will continue to play a pivotal role in the development of technology.

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