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Savoring the Complexities of Java

The programming language Java gets its name from coffee and is similar in a few ways. Just like cappuccinos and lattes, JavaScript and Java are often confused as interchangeable, but they are distinct, unrelated languages. (1) To better appreciate the creation, development, and application of Java, let’s examine its history and current use.

Brewing a Foundational Programming Language

It’s been nearly three decades since Java’s invention, but it remains one of the central languages of computer programming.


  • Invented by James Gosling in 1991 (1)
  • Developed by Sun Microsystems over four years and released in 1995 (1)
  • Purchased by Oracle in 2009 (2)


  • Used for server-side development and delivering apps to users (1)
  • Creates apps that run in virtual machines or browsers (1)
  • Object-oriented, necessitating use of objects in codebase (3)
  • Allows for inheritance and polymorphism

Tasting Its Ongoing Evolution

The ongoing development of Java has kept it both innovative and stable.

Functional Programming (3)

  • Lambdas introduced in v1.8
  • Allow filtering and manipulation of data collections

Libraries and Framework (3)

  • Supports a variety of frameworks:
    • SQL databases
    • NoSQL document stores
    • Block data cloud stores
    • Queues
  • Developed with graphical libraries, such as Processing


  • Code must be compiled (1)
  • Speeds up performance (3)
  • Catches syntactical errors (3)

Strongly Typed (1)

  • Locks variables into particular types
  • Identifies mismatches when compiling
  • Forces good coding habits

Sharing a Lasting Standard in Programming

Considering its history and its ongoing evolution, it’s no surprise that Java remains at the forefront of programming.

  • 15 billion devices run on Java (4)
  • 10 million programmers develop Java (4)
  • 5 million students study Java (4)
  • Mainstay for connecting enterprise systems to web interfaces (3)
  • Used by Intel, LinkedIn, Uber, Spotify, eBay, Netflix, Airbnb, Google, and Minecraft (3)
  • Third-most used language* (5)
    • JavaScript: 62.5%
    • SQL: 51.2%
    • Java: 39.7%

* Some survey participants selected more than one language

  • Fifth-most wanted language: (5)
    • JavaScript: 48.3%
    • Python: 37.2%
    • SQL: 33.2%
    • C#: 30.2%
    • Java: 29.6%

Savoring It for Yourself

Many programmers say that learning Java early on is a wise move for new developers. Knowing it makes coders more employable and leads to lucrative opportunities in the future. Learn one of the foundational languages of computer programming today and create a stable base on which to build the rest of your career as a developer.

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