Supersonic Man

September 21, 2013

Java is doomed?

Filed under: Hobbyism and Nerdry — Supersonic Man @ 9:25 am

I was talking earlier about Windows now having a somewhat bleak future despite still being firmly dominant today, and now I have to recognize something else that’s gotten itself into a similar position: the Java language. Over much of the last decade it’s probably been the most widely used programming language… though it’s hard to be sure, and it certainly was never in any position of majority dominance.  But now nobody sees any kind of growth in its future, and other languages like C# are making it look outdated.  Combine that with the well-publicized security troubles which, among other things, nailed shut the coffin for applets in the browser (the one place where the average computer user came into direct contact with the Java brand), and nobody’s seeing it as the right horse to bet on anymore.

Which is a shame, because it’s still one of the most widely supported and most available languages, and it’s probably still the best teaching language in the C-derived family.  It’s going to have to be fairly widely used in schools, even if it drops slowly out of use in industry.  There isn’t a suitable replacement for that role yet, as far as I can see.

Even as it gets into a state where people scoff at it for real work, it might still be unavoidable for a long time as something you have to know.

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Another sad observation of decline: I think MS Office is now better at supporting Open Office than OpenOffice.org is at supporting MS Office.

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2 Comments »

  1. I finally gave up and bought MS Office 2013. Wish I could have got 2010 — the Windows Eight design of ’13 is hideous.

    Comment by Supersonic Man — May 20, 2014 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  2. The TIOBE index of programming language popularity shows Java in steady decline, and now sinking from its former #1 spot to below the rank of good (ahem) old C, which is showing the kind of perennial unkillability that used to be possessed by Fortran and Cobol. Langpop shows a similar result.

    Comment by Supersonic Man — May 21, 2014 @ 3:02 pm | Reply


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