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Computer technology is constantly evolving and Java is no different. Designed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems in 1995, Java has undergone a number of changes. Although it wasn't one of the first programming languages, with C++ coming 15 years earlier, it is now one of the most popular in the world, as well as the de facto standard.

Its popularity is due to a number of reasons. However, it is a common choice for many developers due to its powerful platform, security and ease of use through object-orientation. Java hasn't always been the way you see it now though. It was originally created for consumer electronics, but turned into something much more. Here, we take a look at how Java has changed more recently:

Java in the last 5 years

Oracle Corporation took over the platform when they acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010 and since then, there have been a number of positive changes. New versions are released every few years, with the most recent, Java SE 8 (Codename Spider) launching in March 2014.

Each new Java release provides ways to improve performance. There were also a number of other new features with Java SE 8, including:

  • Lamba expressions
  • Language support for collections
  • Date-time API

For a full list of new features to Java SE 8, click here.

These changes are important because they affect the future of our technology. With each new release, there are additional features that can help to make applications, web pages, games, computer software and other technology much more advanced and effective for users.

Recent figures from Javashow that 97% of enterprise desktops and 3 billion mobile phones are currently running Java. This shows the huge influence the programming language has on everyone, throughout their daily lives, at both home and at work.

What does the future hold for Java?

We all know that Java is a tried and tested programming language and so it is predicted that it will remain as the number 1 overall platform for software development in the future. With the recent release of Java SE 8, Oracle are already preparing for their next release of Java SE 9. Moving back to a 2 year release cycle, this is expected to come in 2016, with Java SE 10 coming around 2018. Both of these updates should hopefully bring even more beneficial features to the language, with reports suggesting they will tackle big data, but will also develop the platform more for consumers and devices too, with a strong focus towards cloud and mobile.

The search for Java experts

It's difficult to predict exactly what the future holds for Java, or how Oracle will evolve the Java language. However, it is certain that Java is here to stay. Companies therefore need good quality people like you to help develop software using this programming language.

There are currently 9 million Java developers worldwide worldwide and you could become one of them!

If you would like more help or information on Java coding jobs, please get in touch with us at Computer Futures.