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Why Java Skills Matter Now, And Will In The Future

01/25/2016

Whether you want to make a new mobile app for the Android operating system, you’re building a new piece of innovative software, or are looking to alter an existing piece of software with a plug-in, chances are pretty good Java’s going to be a good choice. Amid all the noise around the the fast moving world of high tech, despite its age, Java continues to be one of the most used languages.

The coding language, that just recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary last month, continues to be one of the most popular programming languages in the world.
A big reason for the pliant coding languages consistent success and use is core to its very being. The language was developed and subsequently maintained in its infancy with the mantra “Write Once, Run Anywhere”, meaning when a program is written in Java, any piece of hardware that has Java installed can then run that piece of software.

Java is so popular that today, according to a study performed by RedMonk, an independent developer industry analyst firm, Java ranked #2 just behind JavaScript on their January 2015 Programming Language Power Rankings.

Having said all that, it might not be a surprise at all that some of the most used applications, and talked about companies leverage the sought after language to base their business on. Here are three reasons Java will continue to influence the world of technology for years to come.

  1. Enterprise computing

    At the end of the day, large-cap enterprises in the United States move slowly. And we means slooooooooooowly.

    That’s not to say that these corporate monoliths are trying to phase Java out though.

    In fact, according to highly regarded IDC industry analyst Al Hilwa, 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies currently leverage Java. With that kind of integration already in place, it’s safe to say that these same companies will continue to rely on Java for years to come unless something comes along that’s as easy to integrate into a complex, international organization. Yeah right.

  2. Android app development

    Whether you like it or not, the once benign Google Play in February of 2015, overtook Apple's App Store in revenues generated. And then in Q2, surged well ahead of the iOS store in the total number of apps downloaded.




    The writing was on the wall too.

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and with the amount of money being generated and downloads being generated from Google Play, so follows the need for people to create products to be sold. In this case, Android applications. iOS is no longer the big kid on the block, or the obvious choice for app development like it was in early 2013. And with that shifting paradigm comes the need for apps to be written for the Android OS. And a lot of opportunity comes iwth that.

  3. It’s continues to develop

    Despite being one of the oldest, and most relevant, languages around, Java continues to develop, morph, and transform in front of our very eyes.

  4. With the introduction Java 8, or Java EE (Enterprise Edition) in January of 2015, Java developers have a plethora of new tools and toys they can leverage to create incredible applications. And with all these new tools becoming available to over 9 million developers world wide, and more than 3 billion devices being powered by java, there’s no signs of the language slowing down.

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