Java trends in 2017 are promoting the framework among developers in many ways. 2016 was a big year for developers as many programming ecosystems hit major milestones. The delay in Java 9 again and other latest languages have successfully get into the limelight. Progressive web apps (PWAs) are considered to be a big thing in mobile java application development.
There are a lot of expectations from these high-profile languages and frameworks.
Arrival of Java 9 is not as big as Java 8. The Java 9 community is still detailing out the implementation of project Jigsaw. Java 9 will be now release in July 2017. Java 8 is popular because of its cleaner code and better performance. Experts believe that Java 9 will get limited early adopters. The reasons are its libraries and framework authors, which are large for some projects.
Experts think that Java 9 won’t be that much impactful as compared to Java 8. Though Java 9 includes great new features, such as jshell for a Java REPL, HTTP2 support; yet there is not a stand out developer feature like in Java 8 and Lambdas.
Node.js becomes more stable and enterprise-focused
Node.js is now more stable and focused and this trend will continue in 2017 and beyond. Paypal is one the systems built on Node.Js. The official team is doing a lot of smart things to let enterprises know that Node.js ecosystem is stable and low-risk.
Things to expect from Node.js ecosystem in 2017-
• Best practices have become fragmented
• Ecosystem requires to build up trust around Node.js modules
• Node Source, an enterprise tooling company for Node.Js, is developing Certified Modules.
• Certified modules will be more reliable
• Node.js modules secure source won’t let admins to remove a module that hundreds of thousands of projects use, suddenly.
• Critical decisions for the ecosystem will be made this year.
Go will rank among top 10 languages
Go is the programming language to use in 2017. Though startups were picking Node.js and Ruby, but now go is displacing Node.js for mission-critical apps.
Since, the IT sector stepping towards multi-core and concurrent processing; languages similar to GO will play a significant role.
Kotlin – The next big thing for Android
Kotlin is a programming language created by JetBrains. It has been gaining popularity for android development. Since Kotlin is interoperable with Java, programs can be configured with the Kotlin with just a click. Users of Kotlin end up writing less code and the code they write are more compact and readable as compared to Java.
So, those lazy engineers surrounded with tight deadlines can take Kotlin as their best partner. The language is based on JVM, but has a distinct syntax. As compared to Java, Kotlin is more succinct and pragmatic language. The null safety feature is just awesome. Kotlin language won’t allow programmers to compile any potential null reference errors.
Another interesting part about Kolin is its compactness. Kotlin is a much-needed enhancement in the ecosystem of Android and it will make programming fun again.
PWAs or Progressive Web Apps are now the latest paradigm in mobile web development. PWAs will gain mass views when they become real apps with OS integration, not just stay limited to shortcuts on a home screen.
The great news for Java as a whole is that many competing frameworks provide brilliant options for developing micro service architectures. Pivotal is a front runner that has a solid micro services stack. Spring Boot offers quick and convenient way to build stand-alone spring applications that embed Jetty, Tomcat, or Undertow directly. Java is not a legacy programming language yet it still has long history. All major trends would likely help Java to stay. Oracle team is seeking for more areas to revamp, including Java EE for the cloud.
The vast Java EE community has started working on the MicroProfile.io.
Java is not declining. All the applications built on Java are getting updated. Declining of Java is impossible. Java has reached a state of saturation; it is not booming. Hibernate, spring and other frameworks with JEE are not critical but necessary in enterprise Java application development.
The future of Java seems bright because of introduction of latest trends. Even Java 9 has created hype in the market already before its release. Java is anyway on the way to endeavor and bring interesting updates for java developers.
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