If you thought that Java is heading into retirement soon, well you better guess again! Despite its industry, there are still about three billion devices that currently run on Java. Skeptics around the world challenge the ability of Java to retain its predominance but what we may say for Java’s defense is – old doesn’t necessarily mean antiquated. Here are some solid reasons that explain why Java won’t retire soon.
- Java is the Base for Android Platform
The Android technology is today’s number one mobile platform, and it relies on apps and infrastructure powered by Java. According to the Verge, Android had almost 82% of the global smartphone market share, which means that Android devices need Java to remain competitive. Java is a centerpiece in mobile app development due to the level of market share.
2. Global Popularity of Java
We use the TIOBE index (an accepted industry survey) to judge programming languages (in demand and popularity). The index shows that Java has been the most popular programming language over the last 15 years or so. However, Java is not just a programming language, but a platform with an ability to adapt and stay dynamic against the influx of new programming languages. 15 million devices are running on Java, 10 million Java developers worldwide, and 5 million students that study it, while Java is also the number one platform for cloud technology development.
3. Java is Dominant in Reliability, Performance, and Speed
Modern Internet users have little patience as they expect instant results, real-time information, and relevancy. For example, Twitter migrated to the JVM infrastructure (from Ruby on Rails) which made it possible to support the broadcast of an enormous number of tweets every day. According to Hootsuite, there are 330 million monthly active users on Twitter who post about 500 million Tweets per day. JVM (Java Virtual Machine) software allows Java to remain the fastest implementation/language combinations available.
4. Java Can Evolve
Java can support several languages (i.e., Scala and Clojure) across its platform. Java can boast of its flexibility (which is the crucial factor for its trend-setting innovation), and it has evolved into a great programming language while providing direct support for cloud computing at the same time.
5. Our Digital World is Sustained and Supplied by Java
As one of the most widespread and widely used programming language and platform, Java remains at the center of our digital lifestyle. It’s used for unlocking innovation, providing infrastructure for the best apps, exploring human-to-digital interfaces, and launching careers. Java is more portable and accessible than any other platform because of its steady supply of open source and commercial libraries. Where others can’t provide cross-platform portability for compiled libraries, Java can. Due to its portability, Java can work consistently across various computer architectures – from high-end servers to smartphones.
6. Java Owns Industry Support
Java supports significant corporations around the world, such as IBM, Oracle, Spotify, Facebook, and Google. The platform owns industry support on a global scale and is deeply rooted in local, state, and federal government, media, and banks.
The future remains bright for Java, with their vast user community, ongoing investment, and presence in millions of devices. Java supports the software for IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), called the “language of choice for the IoT.” So, if you’re new to Java, you could try out other languages that use the JVM. On the other hand, if you want to take full advantage of IIoT, Java is your weapon of choice.