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.

Oracle launches completely autonomous operating system

Oracle announced the general availability of a completely autonomous operating system at Oracle Code One and Oracle OpenWorld, which kicked off this morning in San Francisco. Both events are focused on developers, with Code One featuring more hands-on workshops, and OpenWorld featuring more panels and discussions on the future of development.  The big announcement this … continue reading

Is Java still relevant?

Java has been around for a long time, and over the past few years it has undergone significant changes to keep it relevant. It is still the most popular programming language among developers, according to JetBrains’ State of Developer Ecosystem in 2019 report. But it may not hold onto that title forever. While it’s still … continue reading

Java 13 now available

Today, at its Code One conference, Oracle announced that Java 13 is now officially available. Like every other Java release since Java 6, it was available in early access preview prior to the official release. These previews give developers the opportunity to try the new version out before using it in their production code.  “[This … continue reading

Jakarta EE now operates under open, community-driven process

After transitioning from Oracle to the Eclipse Foundation in 2017, Jakarta EE (previously known as Java EE), has reached another major milestone.  With today’s release of the Jakarta EE 8 Full Platform and Web Profile specification, the project  now has a new baseline for having an “open, vendor-neutral, community-driven process.” Now, Java vendors, developers, and … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Microsoft acquires jClarity, Julia 1.2 released, and Eggplant’s automated testing capability

Microsoft announced that it is acquiring jClarity to support their continued contributions to open source while driving increased performance for Java workloads on Azure. jClarity is a leading contributor for AdoptOpenJDK, an open-source OpenJDK binaries project.  “The jClarity team are JVM experts who have helped their customers optimize their Java applications while also providing leadership … continue reading

CROKAGE helps developers find Stack Overflow answers

Many developers turn to Stack Overflow to ask questions, share programming knowledge and learn from others, but the amount of information available on the online community can be overwhelming. To tackle this, a group of researchers have developed the Crowd Knowledge Answer Generator (CROKAGE), a new solution designed to help developers easily find relevant information … continue reading

IntelliJ IDEA 2019.2 prepares for the release of Java 13

JetBrains has released a major update to its Java IDE. IntelliJ IDEA 2019.2 is getting ready for the September release of Java 13 with support for Switch Expressions preview feature and its new syntax and the Text Blocks preview feature.  RELATED CONTENT:  JDK 13 reaches Rampdown Phase One New report shows shakeup amongst top programming … continue reading

JDK 13 reaches Rampdown Phase One

JDK 13 has entered Rampdown Phase One, signaling that the new version of Java is just weeks away based on the timeline of previous iterations. The overall feature set is now frozen so further JEPs will be targeted toward the next release. RELATED CONTENT: The rise of Kotlin Here is what you can expect from … continue reading

SD Times news digest: State of CSS 2019, Facebook open sources advanced simulation platform, and VS Code installer for Java

A new survey has been released looking at the state of CSS in 2019. “While JavaScript isn’t going anywhere, it also seems certain that CSS is not going to be replaced anytime soon. And the more powerful CSS becomes, the more valuable mastering it will be,” the report stated. The report looked at CSS features, … continue reading

New report shows shakeup amongst top programming languages

JavaScript and Java continue to dominate the software development world as the top programming languages, but newly released reports indicate the times are changing. JetBrains released its State of Developer Ecosystem 2019 report, which found while Java is still the most popular primary language and JavaScript is the most used overall, Python is gaining speed. … continue reading

TIOBE predicts Python will replace Java as top programming language

Java’s reign as the top programming language is in jeopardy as Python has been steadily rising the chats. In TIOBE’s latest top programming language Index Python has surpassed C++ and is now in the top three programming languages. Java still holds the top spot while C is in second place. According to TIOBE, if Python … continue reading

premium The rise of Kotlin

New programming languages are created every year, but seldom do they gain the attention of developers like JetBrains’ Kotlin has over the last couple of years. Kotlin is a general-purpose, statically typed programming language designed for the Java Virtual Machine, Android, browsers and native solutions. It was created by JetBrains’ language designer Andrey Breslav and … continue reading

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