Java Development Trends in 2018

A trend of modern technology in web and application development. Java is the most preferred language and changes the global IT market face with innovation

Every year, Java continues to grow and evolve, keeping a top spot among most used and most popular programming languages.

At present, the world of computer websites and applications have become so dependent on Java, that most of the websites and applications require Java installed on the devices we use daily so that they function perfectly. Java is the most popular choice and is operating on over 7 billion devices and used by over 9 million developers all over the globe. As is evident, the software has been under constant development for the last 20 years and still developing, with brand new trends coming up almost every day. Java development in India has also embarked on its journey to the heights and is well ahead in its path.

It’s 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 8 was launched in September 2017
  • Java EE was moved to an open-source foundation with a new host for Eclipse Enterprise for Java (EE4J)
  • Micro Profile 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 to 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 have a look at the most significant trends, hottest tools, and changes in the Java environment for 2018.

Just because a tool is the most popular doesn’t mean it’s the “best.” What’s best is always context-dependent in programming. However, popularity is an undeniably important metric when choosing between a handful of similar tools. It’s not the popularity itself that adds to a tool’s value; it’s the greater supply of resources and support from the larger community of a given tool.

Popular tools are easier to learn because so many people can help you use them. And popular open-source tools tend to be less buggy because more eyes are on the code and more people are testing it in a greater number of scenarios.

Some significant tools

1. The Year of Eclipse

While 2017 brought the solar eclipse too much of North America, 2018 will bring the Eclipse Foundation into full force for the Java community.

The Eclipse Foundation is the new owner of Java Enterprise Edition (taking it over from Oracle). They’re already making changes in how Java EE will work and be supported. Eclipse has plans to release Java EE4J later this year with more flexible licensing and open governance as part of its changes.

2. Java 9, 10, & 11

2018 will also bring new updates to the current version of Java. Java 8 EE just launched in September. We already have Java 9 SE upon us. It’s likely this year will see two more updates to Java SE 10 and 11.

3. Stay Up to Date

One great way to stay up to date with the Java landscape is through YouTube channels for Java developers. You can get news and tutorials there for almost any part of the Java ecosystem or coding challenge.

Unanth.com and read.unanth.com are also great places to ask questions and learn about new developments. Unanth basically offers on-Demand based skilled courses in various languages providing students and tutors an interactive platform to answer the queries. Read.unanth offers blogs and tutorials on trending topics in Industry.

Some hottest trends

1. Java’s lead position worldwide

Java has taken the journey from the 25th place to the topmost position in computer programming languages, over the past two decades. Its widespread reputation lies in its simple and user-efficient features, like, its clarity of language, easy debug process, universal compatibility, and its immense potential.

Java operated applications and websites are vastly scalable and are capable of processing more amount of data than other programs, in most cases. Over the years, many applications and programs have shifted to Java from other programming languages, mainly due to its ability to scale and process data better than others. When compared to other computer programming languages, like C, C++, Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, Perl, etc. Java is the most popular language by far.

2. Growing Demand for Java and its Response

The popularity of Java as an efficient programming language over the years has also led to its becoming one of the most commonly used languages in all kinds of software developments programs. This language provides a large collection of libraries for Java developers, scales, and process complicated data better than most languages, is compatible with any and every kind of software program, highly secure and user-friendly – all in all, the best solution for web and application developments.

Hence, the popularity, and growing demand. In order to meet the growing demand, lots and lots of Java Development companies have cropped up, all around the world, for instance, JDK (JDK 6, 7, 8, and the latest, Java 9), IDE (IntelliJ, Eclipse, etc.), and so on. The growing demand for this software has its impetus in the growing demand for mobile applications and developments based on Android (80.7%) and Apple (17.7%) cellphones, along with other web developments.

3. Internet of Things or IoT

Internet of Things refers to a network comprising of an interacting device like cellphones, interconnected with each other, capable of assembling and analyzing data information, and finalizing the data. This technology is one of the latest development trends in the Java software, one of the very few that is capable of uniting all IT devices to one another. It is believed that Java’s future depends a great deal on the development of the IoT technology.

Java’s owner company, Oracle, it is said, has taken up the challenge to develop end-to-end data storage solution in embedded systems, thus building more secure usage of IoT. This is the main aim of Oracle’s the Kona Project. This application works in processes such as controlling and managing smart devices in one’s house (TV, AC, refrigerator, etc.) through one’s smartphone. IoT technology, thus, has given rise to many web applications that strive to create links between the gadget of the user to the devices that need to be managed.

4. Serverless Platforms

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.

Conclusion

The Java environment is vast and keeps on changing with new tools and techniques every year. Though every tool discussed here have their own advantages and drawbacks, it all depends on a user’s need whether to use or not.

All the upcoming improvements in Java forces developers to adopt this tool for a wider array of digital transformations, and looking towards the future, Java is certainly one of the best tool to make amazing apps in the coming years.