“Hey, if you are a fresher, there is no need to learn Java. It is outdated!”
“If you want to learn an Object-Oriented Programming Language, instead of Java, go for Python!”
“Java is an old language, why to learn an old language?!”
The above-mentioned myths are remarked for Java when one claims to know about it. Hey, do you have the same misconceptions about Java, being a fresher?
Yes? Then have a look at these myth busters!
Java is a high-level general-purpose programming language. There has been a lot of laxity and hatred towards Java over the years. People tend to claim that Java is an old language, just because the name hasn’t changed in so many years that doesn’t mean that nothing has changed in Java.
Yes, Java is the most used programming language, despite of being ‘old’ and indeed has a heavy presence in the enterprise software.
1. Java is a dead language.
The answer is NO! Though there has been a lot of debates on this, over the past few years but ever since JVM (Java Virtual Machine) was introduced, the speed and performance of Java has become better. Java offers quality libraries, frameworks for anything you would want all over the Internet. It has an exceptionally good ecosystem (after JVM JIT compiler was added), which is currently running very fast and efficiently working as a platform for other languages such as Kotlin or Scala. Java is more than a programming language now; it is a diversified tool.
2. Python will replace Java.
Python is the new trend among the freshers and also in the tech-world mostly because of its user-friendly syntax. But wait! Do you know, that Java is currently more popular than Python in the IT programming trend in terms of job positions and usage statistics. Also, Java highlights the Principle of WORA, Write Once, Read Anywhere i.e., a cross platform ability, whereas Python needs a python compiler to write or run the code. Even if python grows more than Java in future that doesn’t mean Java will go out of business.
3. Java is not relevant to industry anymore.
False! In the finance industry it is the widely used programming language. Goldman Sachs, Standard Chartered, Citigroup and Barclays, every large financial institution in the world uses Java. Today the need of android apps has become never-ending. Many companies develop android apps and do you know which language is being used? Yes! It is Java, although Kotlin is catching up (but once again it’s JVM language).
Despite of these 3 myths, there are many more misconceptions about Java.
Fact: Java can be used both for Web Backend Development and Android App Development!
Lastly it can be concluded that, the tech-world is evolving each day so, no programming language is the best. Every language has its own pros and cons. Also, there is no end of learning new technologies.
If you want to have the taste of every new aspects of the programming world, diversify your knowledge, learn new programming languages as there is always something more to know and more to learn!