IBM Predictions For Java In 2018

January 2018

IBM Predictions For Java In 2018

Created by Dr. James Gosling and his cohorts at Sun Microsystems in the 90s and unleashed upon the world in 1995, Java has become one of the widest used computer languages in the world. We’ve gone over why Java is so popular in previous posts, but thanks to its versatility it is found in almost every mobile device, IT system and server and is not limited by computer architecture.

While Oracle is now the official home of Java it is a code that has a special place in the IT community due to its ability to facilitate communication and data exchange between a range of different devices, networks, applications etc. It just makes everything work despite the advancements in IT technology over the years and decades.

Now as we wonder what 2018 will have in store for us, John Duimovich, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Java CTO, is keen to weigh in with his predictions for Java this year.

6-month Updates

“Developers rejoice! The new six-month release interval for Java will mean more frequent changes and faster introduction of features. Look for enterprising Java shops to take advantage of these features and use Java to solve new problems and enter new areas. Large organizations will likely wait for the support of the long-term releases, but they’ll now have a clearer roadmap. Community support also has the potential to rally around popular changes in interim releases.”

Serverless Platforms

“Demand is growing for serverless platforms–initially driven as a consumption model but now expanding from simple, event programming models to composite flow-based systems. This innovation will continue as cloud developers want to shift their focus on the application, and not worry about servers. This means Java runtimes will need to be optimized and re-architected for a serverless world where fast start-ups and smaller footprints matter even more.”

Eclipse Foundation

“With key projects like EE4J and MicroProfile now under its stewardship, the Eclipse Foundation will become even more important in 2018. Look for accelerated innovation as the open community becomes more involved in these and other Java-related projects. Developers will want to keep an eye on the Eclipse Foundation next year.”

Containers

“As part of the broader effort to simplify development and management, containers and runtimes like Java will become more tightly coupled. They’ll be optimized together to enable seamless management and configuration of Java applications. Consistent memory management and easier wiring between Java constructs and containers will take hold so developers can leverage the benefits of containers and Java runtimes, which are essentially they’re another form of containers.”

Kotlin

“Kotlin is poised to become a major force in the programming world. Kotlin’s concise coding syntax and interoperability with Java have already made it popular for many developers. Now, it has first-class support on Android, which is bound to boost its use for mobile. Look for it to gain even more ground in 2018.”

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