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.

Java 14 is now available

Oracle has officially released Java 14. According to Oracle, this release marks two years since switching to the new biannual release schedule, “bringing innovation and predictability to developers.” This release introduces new features for developer productivity, including language support for switch expression, new APIs for continuous monitoring of JDK Flight Recorder data, and extended availability … continue reading

What’s coming in the Java 14 release

Java 14 is expected to be released laster this month. The latest update to the programming language features a number of changes. Here is a breakdown of upcoming changes: JEP 305: Pattern Matching for instanceof (Preview): Pattern matching allows common logic to be expressed “concisely and safely.” According to OpenJDK documentation, the motivation for introducing … continue reading

The changing landscape for Java tools

Over the past 25 years, the Java tool landscape has changed quite a bit. As Java is such an integral part of many companies’ development environments, there are a lot of vendors who provide support for Java in the form of tools for working with Java.  For example, over the years a number of companies … continue reading

Java celebrates 25th anniversary following the release of Java 14

The two major Java releases are often the biggest news for the Java community each year, but this year brings another thing for the Java community to celebrate. This month brings the latest Java release, JDK 14, but in May, the programming language will celebrate its 25th anniversary.  The first Java release was on May … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Applause’s Accessibility Tool, Instana’s continuous production profiler for Java apps, and Apache Groovy 3.0

Applause has released a new tool to find and fix key issues in development. The Applause Accessibility Tool automatically detects and addresses accessibility issues earlier in the SDLC.  The tool integrates into the web development process and provides automated fixes or recommendations to resolve each issue. While the tool can help identify and fix common … continue reading

Report: Kotlin becomes second most popular JVM language

Kotlin continues to grow in popularity among Java developers, a new report from Snyk revealed. In its annual JVM ecosystem report it found that Kotlin is now the second most popular JVM language.  Java still holds a large majority, with 86.9% of developers saying they use it as their main programming language for building JVM … continue reading

JRebel: Majority of Java developers now working with microservice architectures

Microservices have had a major impact on Java in the past few years. JVM plugin JRebel recently released their 2020 Java Developer Productivity Report, and a main focus of their finding was the impact of microservices adoption in Java.  According to JRebel, application architecture is one of the determining factors for which technologies developers use. … continue reading

Roman Belov talks about using Kotlin in Jupyter notebooks at KotlinConf 2019

Kotlin’s approach to data science

JetBrains is providing new details on the current state of Kotlin tools and libraries for data science.  “How does Kotlin fit data science? Following the need to analyze large amounts of data, the last few years has brought a true renaissance to the data science discipline. All this renaissance of data science couldn’t be possible … continue reading

SD Times news digest: JDK 14 Rampdown Phase One, Codota acquires code prediction tool TabNine, and Apache Log4J2 2.13.0

The overall feature set for JDK 14 is now frozen and includes pattern matching for instanceof, a packaging tool and NUMA-Aware Memory Allocation for G1. The developers behind JDK 14 said the the stabilization repository, jdk/jdk14, is open for select bug fixes and, with approval, late enhancements per the JDK Release Process (JEP 3). The … continue reading

2019: Java’s last year on top?

Following the new biannual release schedule that started in 2018, this year Java saw two major releases, Java 12 in March and Java 13 in September.  Java 12 introduced features such as a new low pause time garbage collector, microbench suite, switch expressions, a JVM constraints API, and more.  With Java 13, Oracle set out … continue reading

SD Times blog: Google vs. Oracle heads to the Supreme Court

The fight between Google and Oracle is beginning to heat up again. Recent reports have revealed the case is moving to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Google and Oracle have been fighting for what feels like forever now. The two companies have been caught up in a legal dispute since 2010. Oracle maintains its position that … continue reading

Python becomes the second-most popular programming language on GitHub

Python is finally beginning to outrank Java. In the beginning of the year, TIOBE Index predicted Python would soon replace Java and that prediction is becoming a reality with the release of GitHub’s 2019 State of the Octoverse. According to the report, Python outranked Java for the first time, becoming the second-most popular programming language … continue reading

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