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A story of Java's improbable return to prominence

By Shawn Knight ยท 16 replies
Sep 26, 2013
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  1. General-purpose programming language Java was lauded as the next big thing a decade or so ago. As I can attest to, it was being taught as an entry-level programming course at colleges across the country and billed as the platform...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 985   +229

    Interesting, but I'll be honest... I expected more about Java's return to prominence.
  3. I wonder if Madonna would use Java to shop online for Tibetan dumbbells, would that help bring attention to an old, bloated, virus-biten corpse of a programming language that was invented as an excuse for extreme salaries of bank software coders.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Wow I thought Java was dead. I guess not.
  5. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    Expecting Java to not crash in an applet?


    But some java physic applets were pretty cool.
  6. Ignorance...

    Java Applets are dead. Java server-side, you know the stuff that goes on behind the scenes of websites, is flourishing.

    Facebook, twitter, League of Legends, ebay, you name it they're probably using Java in some way.
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  7. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Booster Posts: 135   +37

    This article feels unfinished....interesting anecdote, then back to why Java has risen back to prominence.....hmm I seem to be at the bottom and there's no page 2....
  8. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 599   +56

    Clearly, you have no idea what Java is...

    Not even remotely. It's the most popular programming language, followed by C/C++.
  9. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Booster Posts: 135   +37

    Java's biggest weakness is it shares it's name with and gets mistakenly associated with the abomination that is JavaScript.
  10. Since over a decade, I am busy helping companies, of a broad variety of industries, with their Java based software development needs, for their business applications and services. I guess I was, and still am, under a very big and comfortable rock, never noticing I seem to be practicing hardcore necromancy all this time. O.O

    In all seriousness, from my experience and perspective, saying Java is dead, or a relic from the 90s, is quite the facepalm.
  11. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    One word: minecraft.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,507   +2,299

    No, I think Madonna uses "Tibetian Dumbells" as backup singers, and of course, the job would require an audition.....:cool:

    Er....., "Go Java"....!! (Just trying to keep this on topic)
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    It is definitely not the most modern language, but it is still a great versatile language.
  14. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Java is also used in conjunction with Oracle. The accounting and payroll package used at my work being an example.
  15. Gumpngreen

    Gumpngreen TS Rookie

    It's easy to prove Java isn't dead: Android.
  16. Nice info.........:)
  17. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    Not many programmers commenting here :sigh:
    Java has the attribute 'Write it once, run it anywhere' -- well sort of.
    The JRE is specific to the Platform and the OS. The 'run anywhere' assumes you are willing to at lease recompile the sources for the target environment (but that's far better than supporting new code for each environment).
    Given the correct JRE and a recompiled jar file (that's how Java applications are delivered),
    the programmer can move the application from Mac, -> Pc, -> Linux.
    You need to understand that smartphones need touch behaviors, and thus moving (or porting) from a desktop
    to a cellphone will absolutely require some rework, and thus instantly break the 'run anywhere' feature.

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