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8/2/2015
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Java: 7 Powerful Features For The Future

Java, unleashed in 1991, has become one of the world's most-used programming languages. Here are seven key features that will keep it viable in a world of supercomputing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things.
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Java Has Left The Browser

Java's time as a programming language for browser-based applications is coming to an end. When you move to Windows 10, you'll leave Java in the browser behind as you shift to the Edge browser, which flatly prohibits plug-ins.
Now, here's something (not very) secret: If you absolutely must keep your browser-based Java applications, you can. Windows 10 also comes with Internet Explorer 11, and it's quite happy to allow plug-ins such as Java. That means you'll still have the plug-in based security concerns, but you already knew that.
For the future, though, you should plan on moving your Java applications to the desktop. They'll really be quite happy there, and your users will learn to cope with life lived outside the browser window.

(Image: geralt via Pixabay)

Java Has Left The Browser

Java's time as a programming language for browser-based applications is coming to an end. When you move to Windows 10, you'll leave Java in the browser behind as you shift to the Edge browser, which flatly prohibits plug-ins.

Now, here's something (not very) secret: If you absolutely must keep your browser-based Java applications, you can. Windows 10 also comes with Internet Explorer 11, and it's quite happy to allow plug-ins such as Java. That means you'll still have the plug-in based security concerns, but you already knew that.

For the future, though, you should plan on moving your Java applications to the desktop. They'll really be quite happy there, and your users will learn to cope with life lived outside the browser window.

(Image: geralt via Pixabay)

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javabeans
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javabeans,
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8/14/2015 | 10:01:10 AM
Java did not appear in 2001 ....
It first appeared in 2005. This year is the 20th anniversary of Java. 

 
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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8/3/2015 | 3:43:58 PM
Re: Java and Web Base Development

Thanks everyone for their insight into Java past, present and future.  I will keep plugging away !  ( No pun intended ! )

Wolf29
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8/3/2015 | 1:46:13 PM
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Java has a lot of adopters, and it is probably not going away soon.  I would like to see the Oracle folks hard-EOL the versions of Java, as apps that use it get more unsafe with age, and they are kept, in some cases, for a very long time.
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8/3/2015 | 1:30:57 PM
Re: Java and Web Base Development
@Technocrati, could not agree more interesting info about Java...
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8/3/2015 | 1:20:24 PM
WORSA
In the 90's, we used to call it Write Once Run Slow Anywhere. My main gripe with java is how verbose it is compared to other options. A secondary one is that it seems like one needs about 17 different frameworks to even start building anything.

Having said all that, I actually like Java quite a bit. With its use in mobile and IoT, its definitely not going away any time soon. This coming modularity will bear watching.

Love these programmer-centric articles lately!
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mtrenzi,
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8/3/2015 | 11:14:57 AM
Plugin Shmuggin - Java's Sweet Spot is in Backend/Server Apps
The original intent for Java was as an applet technology for the browser, but those apps have played a minor role in the use of Java as a programming language.  Developers have for a long time moved way beyond that and toward web applications - where the java application is deployed in an appserver such as Tomcat, JBoss, among many others.  Using frameworks such as Struts, Spring, and Hibernate, give developers great flexibility when designing scalable applications.   Java code for non-trivial applications lends itself to well organized packages. 

I have routinely developed enterprise applications on Windows platforms and easily - without code changes - deployed the same applicaiton on Linux or other OS platforms. 

 
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8/3/2015 | 10:54:55 AM
Java and IoT: Lucky or Cunning ?

@Curtis    Did Java luck out in the IoT realm or Were they position themselves for this all along ?

Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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8/3/2015 | 10:52:08 AM
Java and Web Base Development
Very interest review of Java 7.  As someone who is in the process of learning Java, I have to sometimes wonder if it will work as a efficient solution for web based app development  

I have since decided to concentrate on HTML 5 for web based mobile app development but it is good to know that even though Window 10 will not support it in the browser - there are tons of useful applications for Java and still reason to invest the time in learning the language as well.
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