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If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy 577

Posted by timothy
from the is-someone-brewing-another-pot? dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Andrew Binstock writes at Dr. Dobb's that a recurring prejudice in the forums where the cool kids hang out is against Java, often described as verbose and fading in popularity but Binstock sees little supporting evidence of Java being in some kind of long-term decline. While it is true that Java certainly can be verbose, several scripting languages have sprung up which are purpose-designed to spare developers from long syntactical passages to communicate a simple action, including NetRexx, Groovy, and Scala. As far as Java's popularity goes, normally, when technologies start their ultimate decline, tradeshows are the first to reflect the disintegrating community. But the recent JavaOne show was clearly larger and better attended than it has been in either of the last two years and vendors on the exhibiting floor were unanimous in saying that traffic, leads, and inquiries were up significantly over last year. Technically, the language continues to advance says Binstock. Java 8, expected in March, will add closures (that is, lambda expressions) that will reduce code, diminish the need for anonymous inner classes, and facilitate functional-like coding. Greater modularity which will be complete in Java 9 (due in 2016) will help efficient management of artifacts, as will several enhancements that simplify syntax in that release. 'When you add in the Android ecosystem, whose native development language is Java, it becomes very difficult to see how a language so widely used in so many areas — server, Web, desktop, mobile devices — is in some kind of decline,' concludes Binstock. 'What I'm seeing is a language that is under constant refinement and development, with a large and very active community, which enjoys a platform that is widely used for new languages. None of this looks to me like a language in decline.'"
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If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

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  • by nimbius (983462) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @10:24AM (#45091277) Homepage
    I use it on mission critical applications at work and it does a very efficient job of testing all the functionality of Nagios to page me at 3:00 AM. I have other java applications that are designed to explore the limits of slab allocation and heap return in memory. Theres even a java application I wrote that calculates financial reports. I know what you're thinking, and yes, it performs well as it stress-tests VoIP bandwidth and the helpdesk ticket system.

    there are still so many uses for java. one of my earliest and oldest projects I still use to this day! its an application to help post Slashdot comme!####)))!%[NO CARRIER]
  • by idontgno (624372) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @10:25AM (#45091305) Journal

    The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
    [a company puts COBOL on the cart]
    Oracle Corporation with Dead Body: Here's one.
    The Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.
    Java: I'm not dead.
    The Dead Collector: What?
    Oracle: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
    Java: I'm not dead.
    The Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
    Oracle: Yes he is.
    Java: I'm not.
    The Dead Collector: He isn't.
    Oracle: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
    Java: I'm getting better.
    Oracle: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
    The Dead Collector: Well, I can't take him like that. It's against regulations.
    Java: I don't want to go on the cart.
    Oracle: Oh, don't be such a baby.
    The Dead Collector: I can't take him.
    Java: I feel fine.
    Oracle: Oh, do me a favor.
    The Dead Collector: I can't.
    Oracle: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
    The Dead Collector: I promised I'd be at Microsoft. They've lost nine today.
    Oracle: Well, when's your next round?
    The Dead Collector: Thursday.
    Java: I think I'll go for a walk.
    Oracle: You're not fooling anyone, you know. Isn't there anything you could do?
    Java: I feel happy. I feel happy.
    [The Dead Collector glances up and down the street furtively, then silences the Body with his a whack of his club]
    Oracle: Ah, thank you very much.
    The Dead Collector: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
    Oracle: Right.

  • by i kan reed (749298) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @10:26AM (#45091325) Homepage Journal

    Yes, we can all dream of a day when Oracle is just ashes on the ground, and a footnote in corporate history.

  • Hooray! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Greyfox (87712) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @11:05AM (#45091921) Homepage Journal
    I'm looking forward to having to support crappily-engineered code in some other language! I'm going to slap the first in-house engineer who suggests we jump on the NetRexx bandwagon.
  • by Kagato (116051) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @11:11AM (#45092001)

    There's certainly a lot of factory pattern stuff out there. But your comparison is a bit outdated. Now days development uses a lot of annotations, auto-wiring/dependency injection. If I need to roll out a web service that makes some DB calls it's not that big of a lift. Maybe a half a dozen classes to get the job done (including tests).

  • by hammyhew (2729501) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @11:15AM (#45092053)

    You're not a real programmer if you can't adapt to the lack of unsigned variables.

    You're not a True Programmer unless you use Gamemaker! Return! Return! Return! Return!

    Return...TO GAMEMAKERDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

  • by ErichTheRed (39327) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @11:16AM (#45092061)

    - Most CS programs train their graduates in Java.
    - Java is pretty much the enterprisey middleware language these days. I've seen so many J2EE applications alive inside organizations doing mundane but vital tasks.
    - Unless you're a web startup, Java is almost universally used for line-of-business application development. That ugly GUI that collects budget numbers from 500 databases and displays an "executive dashboard" was probably slapped together by an Accenture type outfit using offshore new grad coders and sold to companies for millions.

    It's just too prevalent now for people to say, "Oracle sucks, we're porting everything to C#." I can definitely see a market for Java talent similar to the COBOL market 30 years down the road. People won't need millions of Java coders anymore, but they'll need older expert types to go untangle messes.

  • Java must be dying - when's the last time you saw an applet? Let's ignore that it's hugely popular on servers, for enterprise development.
  • by slack_justyb (862874) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @11:31AM (#45092275)

    Java only promised write once and run anywhere. Nowhere in that promise was write once, be able to read it later. <<Takes cover>> :-D

  • by Squidlips (1206004) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @12:03PM (#45092685)
    The same idiots who pushed C++ on us hate Java because it is not verbose and not "powerful"--i.e. it is easy to use and safe.
  • by Luthair (847766) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @12:36PM (#45093111)
    Quite a few people just hate it because its popular.
  • by jythie (914043) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @12:38PM (#45093133)
    Premature optmztion is rt of al evl.
  • by DrEasy (559739) on Thursday October 10, 2013 @01:24PM (#45093733) Journal

    With Oracle doing everything possible to kill Java, it's shocking that Java serializes.

    FTFY. :)

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