Beaten, slightly battered, but now shining on the web. What’s not to like?
Oft derided for security concerns, its ‘amateur’ web designer following and for ‘borrowing’ its name from the beefier brew that is Java itself, it has been a rough 19 years or so.
We could suggest that things have changed due to the kinship this interpreted programming language shares with the pages of the web. This relationship is (arguably) a sort of self-perpetuating positive publicity vehicle.
Then there is the mobile HTML5 factor.
Where Objective-C has worked for Apple’s reasonably successful iOS devices, we also see Java for the Android army and Microsoft obviously setting a place for C# at its dinner table.
But all these mobile devices are going cloud-centric with applications that look and feel like web apps. All these devices are moving towards apps that either exist online-only, or act as muted versions of their connected cousins if you happen to live in a lead-lined bunker with no WiFi.
“The language itself is elegant, expressive and capable. In fact, too expressive in some ways, with features like closures that make it less readable and more difficult to debug. It also means that like many of the technologies on the web it is easy to learn but hard to master. This uneven learning curve is its curse and why many have continued to propose different languages,” said IDC’s Hilwa.
So OK it’s not all rosy everywhere, but it’s a light shade of positive pink for the most part. ®
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