What is Java Programming Language?
Curious about coding but don’t know where to begin? If so, a great starting point to learn how to become proficient with code would be by downloading Java. Let's take a look in closer detail at just how beneficial Java is to first-time coders, operating systems worldwide as well as being a versatile programming language that’s able to serve multiple functions. Whether it be creating an added layer of security, its ease of use and attaining solid cross-platform capabilities.
Where is Java used?
Originally Java was created to embed into physical devices like TVs and their set-up boxes back in 1995 but now the programming language has expanded tenfold, becoming essential in every coder and website creator's lexicon. Used commonly today to run online giants such as Gmail and Amazon, Facebook and LinkedIn are all coded with Java. And in hospitals, banks and military software (mission-critical systems) which is key for keeping organisations and businesses up and running.
Creation of the programming language
Java is compatible with most computers from Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris. Its creator, James Gosling, was especially ambitious in establishing Java as it was designed for interactive television which was too futuristic for the 1990’s digital cable industry when first introduced. Originally named Greentalk, then Oak (inspired by an oak tree outside Gosling’s window) and then Java after deliberating the company name over coffee.
Since then, Java has become a popular programming language of choice for consoles, GUI, website, mobile applications, games and e-business solutions throughout the world. Java is particularly popular for mobile development as well because it powers Android apps. This is because the majority of Android apps are created through Google’s Android API where all coding is mainly Java. And with 80% of all smartphones globally run on Android, it remains a key coding language for all mobile app development. Java is also predominant with scientific application and online development tools. Java has expanded widely into digital products such as sensors, remote processors, microcontrollers and wireless modules.
How does Java operate?
Essentially, Java allows users to type commands in English (as opposed to numeric codes) which then convert to computer instructions which are then carried out by the particular device or machine. This works by using the Java compiler to generate machine-readable bytecode that is then processed via the Java Virtual Machine - translating the code for the system or device where it is being used.
It acts as a high-level programming language because it is easily understood and read by coders. Java’s programming language, otherwise known as syntax, is based on a combination of C and C++ and uses an object-orientated model, meaning that it organises software design around data.
Benefits of Java
With its slogan: ‘Write once, run everywhere’ Java is known for its reliability, portability as well as being able to run across multiple platforms regardless of the hardware, devices or operating system in use. Java is well-regarded for its security, it’s able to: have its own data management system to combat hackers and use private keywords and comprehensive data-checking.
Also, Java allows the ability to pick up the software quickly, enabling you to complete applications from an individual computer or alternatively allow for easy distribution across servers.
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