- The Way to Greatness
- Compiled vs Interpreted
- Branching vs Run-anywhere
- Hourly rates
Java: revolutionizing the Internet
The history of Java dates back to 1991, a year when many of today’s software engineers were not even born. Initially, it was planned as the language for programming household appliances controlled by a number of computer processors. It took Java’s creators (James Gosling, Mike Sheridan, and Patrick Naughton who worked at Sun Microsystems) nearly two years to realize that this language may also be used with web browsers.
The first version of Java (i.e. Java 1.0) was released by Sun Microsystems in 1996. At that time, the tech world was already ready for it since some experts had been making predictions that Java would start a new age for the Internet. Hence, no wonder that Java’s popularity was growing quite rapidly. Most web browsers incorporated the ability to run small applications written in Java within web pages. Such applications were called Java applets. And this was the first step towards interactive web pages with visual effects on them.
Since that time, Java has been continuously evolving with new versions appearing every few years. Java SE 12 that is the latest version of the language was released on March 19, 2019.
Nowadays, Java is one of the most popular programming languages, according to the TIOBE Index. One of the reason is that Android applications are written in Java. And, as of the end of 2018, the number of such applications was as many as 2.1 million.
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On the other hand, Java is compiled before it can be run. Java code is typically written in an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and compiled into bytecode, which is then fed to the machine without any browser in-between.
Compiled vs Interpreted
Here’s the official explanation from Java’s website.
Branching vs Run-anywhere
Java has been the most used programming language for years. Mostly thanks to the motto “Write-once, Run-anywhere”. Java was designed to connect all the various devices and allowed developers to write their code once and deploy it to any operating system without making changes.
This is one of the main reasons why Java has been chosen as a primary programming language for Android OS. And this is why you’ll probably need Java programmers or Android development if you’re going into IoT space.