Why to Learn Java?
- Java is an Object-Oriented Programming Language. Developing an OOP application is easy, and it also helps to keep system modular, flexible, and extensible. Once you have knowledge of crucial OOP concepts like Abstraction, Encapsulation, Polymorphism, and Inheritance, you can use all those with Java.
- Java is a general-purpose language that was designed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems in 1991. The compilation of the Java applications results in the bytecode that can be run on any platform using the Java Virtual Machine.
- Java is one of the most popular programming languages as it can be used to design customized applications that are light and fast. It is used by some 9 million developers and it runs on around 7 billion devices worldwide.
- Java is quite easy to learn and can be understood in a short span of time as it has a syntax similar to English.
- There is a large online community of Java users ranging from beginner, advanced and even expert levels that are particularly helpful in case any support is required.
- Java has an abundant Application Programming Interface (API) that includes many Java classes, packages, interfaces, etc. This is useful for constructing applications without necessarily knowing their inside implementations.
- Open source libraries have resources that can be copied, studied, changed, shared, etc. There are multiple open source libraries in Java such as JHipster, Maven, Google Guava, Apache Commons, etc.
- There are many Integrated development environments (IDE’s) in Java that provides various facilities for software development to programmers. Powerful Java IDE’s such as Eclipse, NetBeans, IntelliJ IDEA, etc.
- Java is available under the Oracle Binary Code License (BCL) free of charge. This means that Java is free for development and test environments, but for commercial purposes, a small fee is required.
- The documentation support for Java is excellent using Javadoc which is the documentation generator for Java. It uses the Java source code to generate the API documentation in HTML format.
- Java has many features such as dynamic coding, multiple security features, platform-independent characteristics, network-centric designing, etc. that make it quite versatile.