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Is Java still the fastest growing technology in 2013?

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Nobody can deny the huge popularity of Java as a powerful technology to build applications to target different web browsers, operating systems and devices. But the popularity of the technology was recently affected due to certain bugs that were misused by malicious people to carry out identity thefts and other crimes. Despite Oracle releasing a security update of Java software for web browsers, software developers and researchers are still skeptical about its effectiveness in providing adequate protection to computers from these attack.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has already warned users not to run Java in their web browsers, unless it is absolutely necessary. According to,The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned that a security update of Oracle Corp's Java software for Web browsers does not do enough to protect computers from attack, sticking to its previous advice that the program be disabled.” The report further added, “Security experts have warned that PCs running Java in their browsers could be attacked by criminals seeking to steal credit-card numbers, banking credentials, passwords and commit other types of computer crimes.

However, many security experts have said that the bugs are affecting only one part of Java platform, i.e., the software that users plug into their web browser. So, developers can still use Java in 2013 to write one set of code that is compatible with computers running on a variety of operating systems including Apple Macs, Microsoft Windows, and Linux. Despite the experts criticizing the security update released by Oracle, many developers are still excited about a several Java trends. Some of these upcoming trends will further contribute towards Java’s popularity and growth in 2013.

Trends that will Contribute towards Java’s Growth in 2013

Java 8: Most developers are looking forward to the release of latest version of Java. Oracle is expected to release Java 8 in September, if everything goes as per schedule. The updated version will allow developers to start developing applications using the long awaited lambdas functions. However, many tech bloggers have started highlighting the complex nature of the new feature even before its release. The new feature along with the improved Date and Time API will encourage many developers to use Java 8 for making robust web applications.

Powerful Java Virtual Machine (JVM) Languages: Most developers use several JVM Languages to develop software that will run seamlessly on the Java Virtual Machine. As the JVM languages comprises of a number of computer programming language, a developer can easily pick his favorite language to write codes. In 2012, many companies invested in a variety of JVM languages. The trend will continue this year, and many companies will launch new versions to provide programmers with additional features and functionality.

New JavaScript Engine: The upcoming Java version will come with a new JavaScript engine. The engine will make it easier for developers to embed JavaScript into their Java applications. As JavaScript is still used in developing all types of websites, the embedded engine will encourage many developers to use the latest version of Java. The open source project was included last year as part of the OpenJDK repository. The feature becomes more exciting as it includes node.js which is widely used by developers, and adds polyglot future to the engine.

Improved Java API: The OpenJDK also includes a project that aims to use GPU to optimize the greater Java performance. The project is also tested using Java 8 library and specific languages like lambdas. With the advanced feature developers will be able to develop robust web applications using Java API and its constructs.

Java Cloud Functions: Similar to other large companies, Oracle has further established Java in the world of cloud computing. However, the Java cloud features are delayed till the release of Java EE 8. So the providers have to use individual standards. But the updated version will come with a universal framework like jClouds that will optimize and standardize Java’s own cloud features. The growing popularity of cloud computing will further boost the popularity of Java application development.

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