10 December

Why Java should power your next project?

It seems that the number of languages for writing software (and hardware for that matter!) continue to increase on yearly basis. However, the increasing number of languages often confuses the developers with their emphasis on a specific class of products or platforms.

What many developers need is a one-size-fits-all language that offer broad functionality for the largest number of development methodologies.

Java is a high level programming language that supports a huge range of options and features. The GUI features of Java offer better “look and feel” over the C++. It is easier to use than C++ and works well with object-oriented programming model. All these (and other host of features) ensure that Java remains immensely popular among developers.

Java is well known for providing the programmer, the exact set of features they need. Whatever the type of application you wish to develop, Java has a framework for it. If you need a simple desktop application, you cannot go wrong with Java Swing or JavaFX.  For an online, web or enterprise application, you can use Servlet or JSP EJB. For a database application, you can use Hibernate, JDBC and so on. The never-ending list of applications of Java will help you to choose the best one within no time.

Write Once and Run on Any Platform

The most obvious yet amazing quality of Java is its platform independence. The source code of the program can easily be written in the Java and the Java compiler does the rest. It does not create an executable file; rather it creates a half- compiled code, called the bytecode. This code is given to the JVM installed on the target platform. JVM acts as the layer above the operating system that understands the bytecode and further processes that code in order to run the application.

Excellent Reference Material

Java is rich in concept articles, tutorials, sample codes, API documentation. Apart from all this, there are scores of books available, covering almost every nook and corner of Java. A rising trend is the video tutorials that are often recorded by experts on their own systems. Whether you are a novice or a veteran, you have access to the rich source material that answers your queries effectively.

Three Pillars of Java

Java has succeeded in establishing a balance between speed, security and portability. These three are the fundamental pillars of the modern programming languages.  Many of its predecessors failed in this aspect. For instance, C/C++ programs are very much efficient in speed and portability but do not have a fully secure system. Java is efficient in several layers and does not have direct access to the underlying operating system. However, it compromises speed but ensures reliability.  Given the speed of the current hardware platforms, the loss in speed of execution is often not visible to the end-user.

Over years, developers all over the world have amassed a significant collection of libraries that are often available under Creative Commons license. Thus, many of the current Java projects do not require original development of code. In many cases, a Java project is actually a compilation of classes and API calls.

Java will continue to remain popular among software and hardware developers because of the wide scope of the language and the large community that actively contributes and supports the language and associated platforms.