Is Java at a crossroads?

The big question is, is Java at a crossroads?

The Tiobe programming language popularity index for October 2015 shows increasing popularity for Java — although we note that programming purists at the now mothballed Dr Dobb’s Journal were never convinced by the validity of the Tiobe index.

Cup 'o Joe anyone? While it's still hot, that is.

Cup ‘o Joe anyone? While it’s still hot, that is.

InfoWorld slammer

But as InfoWorld’s Paul Krill is not convinced, he writes below from this link.

“Oracle is not interested in empowering its competitors and doesn’t want to share innovation, the email further alleges. The company is slimming down Java EE (Enterprise Edition), but it also doesn’t want anyone else to work on Java or Java EE and is sidelining the JCP (Java Community Process). ‘They have a winner-take-all mentality and they are not interested in collaborating,’ said the email. ‘Proprietary product work will be done on WebLogic, and there’ll be a proprietary microservices platform.’”

On the up?

At the same, we read news on Developer.com stating that Java’s rating increased to 20.403 percent; it was the first time it reached above the 20 percent mark since July 2009.

“The Java language is changing nowadays, after having been at the same level for many years,” Tiobe Managing Director Paul Jansen said. “It’s closing the gap with functional programming languages — e.g. with Java Streams — thus making life much easier.”

Oracle meanwhile continues to extol the virtues of Java, it’s own Java Magazine home page reads as below.

Staunch stewardship

Although there are other publications that bring you news from the world of Java, there are no other examples that combine the voice of the Java “steward” (Oracle) with the voices of the rest of the community (developers, ISVs, device manufacturers, users, and students) in an innovative, all-digital package.

About Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist specialising in cross platform software application development and data analytics as well as all related aspects of software engineering and project management.   Adrian is a regular writer and blogger with Computer Weekly, Forbes, The Register and others. His journalistic creed is to bring forward-thinking, impartial, technology editorial to a professional (and hobbyist) technology audience around the world. His mission is to objectively inform, educate and challenge.
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