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Programming languages can be a really difficult topic to wrap your head around – that goes without saying! However, they do offer benefits to people who are determined on learning them. The world of coding is based on its own, separate philosophy – it has its own ethics, values, rules and so on. Learning and truly understanding a programing language can help you broaden your point of view and see the world from a new perspective.
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.
The fact that Java is so universally useful has built up a solid amount of hype around the programming language. And this isn’t just pure speculation, either – evidence suggest that most big data and Android app development-concerned companies around the world use Java by default. This segways into another point about Java – to this very day, the popularity of this programming language is attracting new Java developers to the current job market. The thing is that Java development doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon – the demand for Java developers is actually still on the rise!
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 People say that Java is outdated, and that there are programming languages that have aged much better than it has.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.
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 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.
Now, this is a tough one. You might think – how is popularity relevant to good programming languages? And how is it even a feature? Well, let me explain.
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 own 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!