Every year they predict a quick death to Java, but this doesn’t happen, and it won’t happen very soon (it will never happen!, anonymous note). Java in 2020 is overgrown with new features and was released twice right on schedule, despite the global turmoil.
Naturally, there are global trends, and the main one is “Covid-19 and how to get out of it”. This very “how to get out” and corrected to some extent with IT trends and now about everything in order. So let’s start with what awaits our favorite language directly, and then — what awaits the IT sphere. The development of which, of course, affects such tools as Java.
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Java and its important innovations
Java will remain one of the main platforms for developing enterprise applications (that is, corporate applications used by large companies to make money. Such applications have a large code base and high-reliability requirements). Java fits well into a microservice architecture, although it is not the only option for microservices architecture.
Java has become more predictable. The releases happen every six months, regardless of disasters, pandemics and crises. That’s good: a little isle of stability in such an unstable world doesn’t hurt. In 2020, we received two updates, 14 and 15.
Nevertheless, according to a survey conducted by JetBrains, Java 8 remains the most popular version (75% of respondents), whereas Java 11 occupies second place (32% of respondents). Why is that?
It’s simple. It was