How Java has stood the test of time

How Java has stood the test of time

Java has survived for more than two decades and continues to be one of the top programming languages in use today. What accounts for the language’s success and how has it changed to accommodate more modern technology?

Java’s rise to power

Java initially appeared in 1995, evolving from a 1991 innovation called “Oak”. It was apparently the right time for engineers looking to grow distributed systems. Some of the more popular languages back then — C, C++, and even Cobol for some efforts — involved steep learning curves. Java’s multi-threading, allowing the concurrent execution of two or more parts of a program, ended the struggle to get multi-tasking working. Java quickly became the de facto language for mission-critical systems. Since that time, new languages have come and gone, but java has remained entrenched and hard to replace. In fact, Java has stood as one of the top two computing languages practically since its initial appearance as this Top Programming Languages article suggests.

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