When the idea for any software is born – the first question that arises for an entrepreneur is what technologies to use?
The right answer to this question can be the key factor in the future both for the project and the business as a whole.
There are many programming languages and making the right decision can be very difficult. In this post, we will look at one of the most popular programming languages in the world and the advantages of using it for different types of projects. Of course, it’s Java. Java was created over 25 years ago and has since then been confidently holding its place on the top of software’s Olympus.
One of the main advantages of applications written on Java is their cross-platforming. Java was created with the idea of WORA – Write Once, Run Anywhere, and an excellent implementation of this principle determined its success. Your software will work equally efficiently anytime and anywhere – on Windows, Linux or UNIX-based servers. This allows you to quickly respond to market changes, be flexible and make you independent of the monopolist of the proprietary server OS market. You can deploy the infrastructure in any place you need as quickly as possible and almost without limitations. If the project is working with cloud solutions, Java is the best choice too, as all cloud solutions have SDKs that are very well documented for Java.
The second advantage comes from the properties of the language type, which in the case of Java is the strict typing. On one hand, it complicates writing of the code a bit and makes the development process a little longer in comparison to scripting languages. On the other hand, it’s your trump card, because software written in Java will always be easy for any programmer to read, understand and take over its development. By choosing Java to create your software, you get minimal expenses for maintaining the system and the biggest opportunities for modification in comparison with most of the other languages.
In the course of its long history, Java got enriched myriads of libraries and frameworks that allow you to create complicated, scalable and high-performance systems in the shortest possible time.
And the main question – what type of projects is Java ideal for?
There were periods when Java was being successfully used as a language for writing applets and desktop applications. However, it has become a true rockstar in the field of developing web-based back-end solutions, where it still keeps a leading position.
Today, many experts unofficially call Java a “kingmaker” in the world of an enterprise solution, because it is used everywhere. In almost every complex system, you will find Java. Java systems are easily scalable in alignment with business needs. The power and flexibility of Java allows you to support and develop your products over many, many years.
Java is also a great choice for all types of enterprise solutions like ERP, CRM, BPM, manufacturing process control, security systems or financial solutions. For many years, both large corporations and smaller businesses choose Java as the foundation for the back-end of their solutions, because when the cost of an error or a simple downtime can be millions of dollars, only the best, most tested and reliable solutions are used. Of course, there is always the temptation to write a project as quickly as possible, for example using popular scripting languages such as PHP. But, after a short period of time, there is a risk that the cost of maintaining the efficiency of your product goes through the roof and the only way to save the situation is to create the platform from scratch, using strict typing languages as Java or .NET. Moreover, any malfunction in the work of complex systems is a huge reputation loss for the company, which can “bury” the business. Why pay twice and risk everything?
Choosing Java for your product you get:
1. Great scalability (are you planning your business to grow?)
2. Flexibility in further development and support
3. Maximum reliability and system’s resilience
4. The possibility of simple integrations with any other systems including IoT.
5. A myriad of partners for support and development – Java community is one of the biggest in the world
Are you making a breakthrough in the IoT?
Again, Java will be the best choice, because 30 years ago it was created as a language for applications for PDA devices (Personal Digital Assistant), the ancestors of modern smartphones. Later, over the next decade, Java evolved into a more universal platform, since it turned out that this language is great for creating applications that work on modern devices. Today, Java is used in billions of devices from set-top boxes and printers to sophisticated industrial security devices. One of its main advantages in this area is that the applications written in Java are not draining the device resources that much. It’s a matter of fact, that in the 90’s and at the beginning of 21st century, the devices had a very limited amount of RAM and small computing power – many times smaller than nowadays. Therefore, Java was created specifically for the use within this resource-intensive environment, that requires functional applications with minimal processing power. This admirable feature has been preserved to this day, thanks to which Java-based applications for IoT can have very modest system requirements, using minimal computer resources and memory.
The modern world has become mobile, most people use only smartphones or tablets in everyday life. And in this mobile world, Java again plays a decisive role. About 80 percent of smartphones and tablets in the world run on Android, which is Java-based as well. You can write any application in Java for this OS, but the most important thing is that Java is ideal for the server-side, as it allows you to easily and quickly collect and process data received from any mobile device.
In fact, if we evaluate the properties of Java and its ecosystem, we can conclude that in general it is a great solution for any complex project, especially if you plan on its growth and long-term development. By choosing Java, you get reliable high-performance and easily scalable software that will become the driver of the successful development of your business.