Java explained

Java is a programming language and platform for developing and running software, released in 1995 by Sun Microsystems after the work by its creator, James Gosling, and his team. It was unique for its ability to be compiled to bytecode and executed on any platform that had a Java Virtual Machine runtime — giving birth to the phrase, “write once, run anywhere.”
The term ‘Java’ consists of the Java language, the Java Standard Edition (SE) that is the base platform for running Java programs, and the Java Enterprise Edition for large distributed environments. Java SE is overseen by Oracle Corp., which purchased Sun, while Java EE has been turned over to the Eclipse Foundation as steward.

Java comes with a core set of libraries and packages that remove many of the down-in-the-weeds hurdles developers had to clear to get their applications running. Java 11 is the most recent long-term support release of the language. Among the top Java development environments today are the OpenJDK, IntelliJ IDEA and NetBeans. Among the popular frameworks around Java is Spring.

SD Times news digest: Dynatrace’s code level insights, Java Card 3.1, and Mozilla’s Test Pilot Program ends

Dynatrace is now offering automatic code level insights on applications that use Go. Dynatrace will automatically discover and monitor Go components so that developers do not need to inject code into microservices or change the code of Go applications. Dynatrace believes this capability will help organizations that use high profile cloud platforms that were built … continue reading

2018: Java changes things up

2018 was a big year for Java because of the changes to the language’s release schedule and the transfer of Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation. Last year, Oracle announced that it would be releasing major versions of Java twice per year, and Java 10 was the first release in that new schedule. Java 10 … continue reading

Java 12 to drop raw string literals

The JDK Enhancement Proposals (JEP) team is proposing they drop raw string literals from version 12 of the Java programming language. According to the JEP, “a raw string literal can span multiple lines of source code and does not interpret escape sequences, such as \n, or Unicode escapes, of the form \uXXXX.” The goal for … continue reading

Streamline Java application development

Analyst View: Making Java a modern language

Programming languages go through cycles of adoption. A nice visual timeline of popularity as measured by TIOBE shows Java dominant since the index began in 2002, with C showing close tracking and resilience throughout, and with C++, Python, and VB.NET falling into the next cluster that formed through 2018 at half the percentage rating. Other … continue reading

Amazon releases a no-cost distribution of OpenJDK

Amazon wants to make sure Java is available for free to its users in the long term with the introduction of Amazon Corretto. The solution is a no-cost, multi-platform, production-ready distribution of the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK). “Java is one of the most popular languages in use by AWS customers, and we are committed … continue reading

Oracle OpenWorld prepares for a next-generation cloud

Oracle sees a new cloud on the horizon. The company announced its vision for a second-generation cloud at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this week. According to the company, this new era of cloud will take advantage of modern technologies to offer autonomous capabilities, advanced security, improved performance and cost advantages. “Our goal has always … continue reading

Report: Java 8 remains the most dominant version of Java

A majority of Java developers are using Java 8 or lower. This is based on a newly released report that revealed 79 percent of developers are using Java 8, 9 percent are using Java 7 and 3 percent are using Java 6 or below. The JVM Ecosystem Survey Report was designed to look at the … continue reading

GrapeCity adds .NET Standard 2.0 to document solutions

Enterprise software development tool provider GrapeCity announced a major update to its product lines: Documents for Word, .NET Edition and Documents for Excel, Java Edition. The solutions now offer .NET Standard 2.0 support and have been updated with a number of new enhancements. The Word document solution enable users to generate, modify, load and save … continue reading

Java 11 is now available

Oracle has released Java 11, its second major Java release of 2018. This release is also a Long Term Support (LTS) release, which means that Oracle will provide security and bug-fixing updates for it until at least 2026. The release removes several features that were available in previous releases, but also adds several new ones. … continue reading

Java 11 delivers high-quality features at speed

Java 11, which will be released this month, is the second and final major release of Java this year, following Oracle’s new schedule of putting out a major release every six months. According to the company, one of the goals of this new release schedule was to be able to deliver new features faster. Oracle … continue reading

JRebel speeds all Java app development

Which version of Java should you use? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone. Since the cadence of Java version releases shifted from three or four years to six months as of the Java 9 release, lots of developers have been confused. Many of them have avoided Java 9 and Java 10 because they were … continue reading

Eclipse Foundation adds new Jakarta EE and IoT community members

The Eclipse Foundation is welcoming 16 new members today. According to the foundation, this comes at a time where the Jakarta EE and Eclipse IoT developer communities are surging. The foundation is built around a platform for open collaboration and innovation. It aims to provide a vendor-neutral governance framework, mature development processes and IP services. … continue reading

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