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Java is famous for its slogan WORA, or “write once, run everywhere”. This slogan is meant to represent the universality and adaptability of this programming language.
Java was created by James Gosling and his two colleagues back in June 1991. It was meant to be a project-oriented programming language that would be based on the C/C++ syntax – this would allow it to be easily understandable since programmers back then mostly knew C and C++.
Now, a little history is always nice, but it doesn’t answer the question of why is Java so special? Well, it mostly has to do with the above-mentioned slogan.
Some of the biggest critiques for Java come up when discussion about the programming language’s age begins. People say that Java is outdated and that there are programming languages that have aged much better than it has. However, Java 9 aims to prove people wrong – it has multiple different updates that aim to prove that Java is still a very real competitor in the world of modern programming languages.
So, with all of that said, you should now have a general idea about both of the programming languages in question.
There are three big features that every programming language has to possess to be able to stand the test of time and outlive its contenders. By no means are these the ONLY features of a good programming language – they are simply some of the more essential ones without which a programming language couldn’t survive.
These three features are, as follows – simplicity, abstraction, and popularity. Let’s go over all three of them so that you could fully understand what we’re dealing with.
Abstraction might sound, well… abstract to people who have never dealt with a programming language before. However, if you’re a programming enthusiast yourself, you’ll probably agree that abstraction is an important feature when it comes to a programming language’s longevity.
Abstraction is a feature that allows a programming language to define certain complicated structures and then use them while ignoring some of the less-important details. This comes back as a variety of benefits – increased speed, popularity, efficiency, etc. Abstraction can be found in object-oriented programming languages – as the name implies, they ignore details and focus on the object at hand.
First of all, let’s be real – the more recognition a programming language has, the better it probably is. And this is not even referencing “mainstream hype” or any of that – it’s just a matter of logic. If there’s a programing language that allows programmers to work miracles, people are going to use it. The more people use it, the more recognition it gets – the more popular it becomes! That’s just how things are.
Which One Is Simpler?
Which One is More Abstract?
Which One is More Popular?
A Few More Differences
Do remember, however, that both of these languages are rather different and would be used in different scenarios. The decisions of which one is better is purely dependant on your personal preferences and needs.
Want my advice? Just learn them both! This will make things a lot easier, and you’ll have broadened your skill set! It’s a win-win situation!
Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of luck!