5 Reasons Not To Hate JAVA In 2019: Thanks To Its Latest Release
The year 2019 has seen quite many rises as it has seen falls, especially in the field of programming languages. We saw the growth of Python as the world's most preferred language by developers around the globe. And just like experts from around the world predicted, we saw the beginning of JAVA's downfall.
JAVA has seen quite many things ever since its development. From being one of the best languages for enterprise development to being called outdated, JAVA doesn't deserve how people feel about it now. There have been times when the progress was prolonged on the platform, and new releases were years away. It might also have been not up to date in handling the challenges faced by enterprises due to their changing dynamic nature.
Why People Hate JAVA?
But, it isn't like nothing has been done. JAVA has responded well to its shortcomings and tried it's best to provide an experience to developers and enterprises that it initially promised. The underlying question of debate, however, remains the same. Why do people hate JAVA so much after all?
Some people believe that JAVA's verbose is a combination of the worst of static and dynamic typing by being an awkwardly old fashioned system. Moreover, some JAVA mandates run on the virtual machine with macroscopic startup time. While this may seem alright for long-running servers, it is quite painful for applications that run on the command line.
JAVA was well-accepted in the early 2000s because it was much better than its counterpart C++ and had a strong concurrency story. But, people think that JAVA is object-oriented features are turning out to be a little too much for the world. JAVA's passion for object-oriented features is depriving its developers of change and concepts that other programming languages such as Python have to offer. While JAVA encased on the vast community of developers, it is imperative to realize that the community in itself is one of JAVA's biggest problems.
The fact that a large community of JAVA developers entrenched in enterprise development implies that some of them don't even know how the computer works. They write some classes, have never been exposed to the command line and glue parts of code together. Most importantly, they get so well paid to do all of this, that the need for a deeper understanding is never comprehend.
But, all of this is not just a JAVA's fault. Though it is to take the blame for the mediocrity of the language, its platform is excellent. The problem is that JAVA favors large projects and drives everything with a passion for the object-oriented approach. Oracle, however, takes its share of the blame for being biased towards large scale application development.
Why is JAVA Still in the Game?
Two decades is a big time for any programming language, just like it is for JAVA. The fact that JAVA has gained strength with each passing day can be attributed to its zest to stick around for long and cater to the changing market needs. Being Google's choice of language for Android applications still keeps it going a front-running language around the globe.
JAVA's yearning to give a tough fight to its competitors can be easily witnessed in its latest release. The company announced incremental releases, which means developers will seeing JAVA updates two times in a year now- March and September. Let's see the top 5 reasons how its latest release is not making the world hate it.
With its aim to reduce additional run tests of an application, JAVA 13 extended the CDS feature beyond bootstrap class loaders. Upon execution of an app, now only the new builds and libraries get archived.
To help applications run faster and accommodate a number of users, JAVA 13 uncommitted any unused memory in the app.
Legacy Socket API
JAVA replaces its clumpy and inextensible java.net.ServerSocket APIs and their subsidiaries with NioSocketImpl. The new API is based on the input-output implementation and utilized other existing features of the platform at its best.
With multi-line text blocks in the picture, JAVA 13 enables smooth import of snippets from other languages such as Python. The new text block facilitates the triple quotation marks as delimiters.
You might face other problems with JAVA, but the switch won't be one of them for sure. JAVA 13 introduces an error-free way of implementing Switch statement by changing the keyword 'break' with 'yield' that returns the result of the existing batch.
The world might have enough reasons to hate JAVA. But, the fact that it is still one of the most popular programming languages in the world does make some sense. JAVA is indeed one of the fastest and platform-independent languages that help enterprises innovate. It has some real problems that are being addressed successfully through releases like the recent one. Thus, JAVA might not be as doomed as some people think.