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Latest Trends in Java Technology for 2018
Every year, Java continues to grow and evolve, keeping a top spot among most used and most popular programming languages. Its already well-known versatility, changes, and improvements make Java easier to use, scale better, and function more smoothly than before.
Among the more interesting developments for Java pros are: Java EE is now an Eclipse project; Oracle has accelerated the release cadence of Java SE and the awaited modularization via the Java Platform Module System, better known as Jigsaw, has finally arrived.
Brief Retrospective: Java in 2017
Due to the many upgrades and advancements, 2017 was very turbulent for Java development. These are some of the more significant transformations of Java that happened last year:
- Java continued to maintain its position with the heritage apps and its huge popularity among Android applications;
- Java EE was moved to an open-source foundation with a new host for Eclipse Enterprise for Java (EE4J);
- Java EE 8 was launched in September 2017;
- MicroProfile also experienced some progress;
- The Android community has accepted Kotlin and we will see even greater changes in the future.
Java in 2018
The tremendous transformation and major updates that happened in 2017 have moved Java much forward, bringing numerous benefits for the IT industry that will additionally contribute to the advancement of other fields. Some of the predictions that experts made are:
- Immense changes to EE4J;
- Strengthening of the impact Java J2EE has as a result of the increased popularity of the EE community.
The vast choice of diverse tools available in the market makes it difficult for developers to choose only one. Java tools are no exception. But it seems that 2018 will give a boost to many of the light-weight tools including Eclipse, Java Development Kit (JDK), and Oracle JDeveloper.
Let’s take a look at the most significant trends, hottest tools, and changes in the Java environment for 2018.
The Year of Eclipse
The Eclipse Foundation is becoming more important as projects like EE4J and MicroProfile start being supported by the platform. This is expected to bring accelerated innovation since the open community can now be more involved in these and other Java-related projects.
The broader efforts to simplify software development and management bring containers and runtimes like Java more tightly related. They are optimized together to enable seamless management and configuration of Java applications. The goal is to provide consistent memory management and easier wiring between Java constructs and containers so developers can leverage more benefits of the use of both, containers and Java runtimes.
Faster Release Model
Another major development is the new six-month release interval, meaning more frequent changes and faster introduction of features to Java applications. These features are available through enterprising shops and allow the use of Java to solve new problems and enter new areas. Even though large organizations might need to wait a little longer for the support of long-term releases, they will have a clearer road map, and it will be easier to plan future development.
Rise of Kotlin
Kotlin seems to be slowly becoming more popular in the programming world. Its concise coding syntax and interoperability with Java have already made it a hit among developers. The added first-class support for Android is expected to additionally improve its use for mobile development.
The demand for serverless platforms is growing. It began as a consumption model and expanded from a simple event programming models to composite flow-based systems. This innovation keeps evolving as developers prefer to stay focused on working on their applications without having to worry about servers. This shift means that Java servers will need to be optimized and re-architected to work in a serverless environment.
The Java ecosystem is huge and has been changing and evolving to suit the needs of the industry and the developers. Consequently, it provides the necessary tools and technologies to support all diversified users and their demands. The new and the updates of the old tools, platforms, and frameworks will add a new dynamic to the Java world, including faster updates of existing applications and introducing new features on a regular basis. 2018 brings many changes and they require a mindset shift in all companies that are working at a slower pace, and using older tools and frameworks.
There are numerous conferences that discuss these changes and news allowing the IT community to stay up-to-date with the latest and most important trends, technologies, and developments. And two of the biggest IT conferences in Poland take place next week in Krakow.
The first one, happening this Tuesday, May 8th, is Code Europe which is a more general IT conference that covers topics like Cloud Computing, IoT, Data Science, DevOps, Mobile, Programming Languages, and more. The very next day, on Wednesday, May 9th, begins GeeCon, a conference focused on Java and Java Virtual Machine based technologies, and lasts for 3 days.
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