Java is not dying

Contrary to popular reports, the programming language that powers components of a huge percentage of websites across the internet seems to be doing just fine despite security flaws and improved alternatives.

A recurring prejudice in the forums where the cool kids hang out (Hacker News, Reddit, etc.) is againstĀ Java, the language. The oft-repeated sentiments are that Java is verbose and fading in popularity. While I accept the first descriptor, I can find little evidence to support the latter.

Java certainly can be verbose. Until a year and a half ago, when Java 7 came out, a simple task such as writing to a file required a lengthy multi-step process, laden with “ceremony.” In response to this pervasive wordiness, there sprang up several scripting languages, which were purpose-designed to spare developers from long syntactical passages to communicate a simple action: NetRexx, Groovy, Scala, and others. I’m a fan of Groovy and use it in my own projects, but mostly for the additional capabilities it provides (optional typing, closures, method injection, metaprogramming, and so on) rather than its concision.

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