A story of Java's improbable return to prominence

Shawn Knight

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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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treeski

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Interesting, but I'll be honest... I expected more about Java's return to prominence.
 
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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.
 

RzmmDX

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Expecting Java to not crash in an applet?

HA...

But some java physic applets were pretty cool.
 
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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.
 

OortCloud

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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....
 

Wagan8r

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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.

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

Wow I thought Java was dead. I guess not.

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

OortCloud

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Java's biggest weakness is it shares it's name with and gets mistakenly associated with the abomination that is JavaScript.
 
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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.
 

captaincranky

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I wonder if Madonna would use Java to shop online for Tibetan dumbbells, ...[ ]....
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)
 

Railman

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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.
Java is also used in conjunction with Oracle. The accounting and payroll package used at my work being an example.
 
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DelJo63

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.