Days of Future Past

Our pundits predict what’s in store for Java in 2014

Lucy Carey
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We’ve rounded up some pretty canny people from the sector to forecast their expectations for Java in 2014 and resolutions, for the months ahead, as well as personal highs and low from the past year.

 

It’s
2014! Year of the horse, the most contentious Winter Olympics for
some time, and the alleged obsolescence of Moore’s
law
. The party’s over, you’re slowly sipping on
your fourth emergency recovery coffee, and, just maybe, you’re
having a bit of a reminisce on how the past twelve months have
unfolded.

This time last year, we published some interesting

predictions
from the Java community on what was in store for
the platform in the year ahead. Obviously, the failure of Java 8 to
arrive put a spoke in the wheels of many people’s expectations, but
others, including the burgeoning popularity of typed static
languages like
Dart
, as well as the continued rise of
Groovy
, proved to be pretty spot on.

Sadly, we at JAXenter can’t claim any sort of
mystical powers of foresight, so, once again, we’ve rounded up some
pretty canny people from the sector to forecast their expectations
for Java in 2014 and resolutions, for the months ahead, as well as
personal highs and low from the past year.

Jamie Allen (Director of Consulting,
Typesafe)

Three predictions for the industry in
2014:

  • Javascript will make a splash on the JVM with Nashorn
    in Java 8, but Java 8 adoption will be statistically small in 2014
    as Java shops hold back

  • Streaming data, and the handling of backpressure in
    applications that use it, will explode in usage

  • The programming model defined in the Reactive
    Manifesto will be the key software development paradigm of the
    year

2013 : the year that put the fun back into
coding for the Java platform

There have been some dark years in the past 15 with
respect to developer enjoyment, particularly in the JVM ecosystem.
Developer experience is now recognized as a critical aspect
of productivity, and that means I’m finally having a great time
coding for the Java platform again.  Part of this has been the
renaissance of language proliferation, but another part is the
frameworks that are now available and how we interact with them.
People can criticize Ruby on Rails for many things, but
developer experience was a primary driver in its success, and now
that same focus on making software development fun in the Java
ecosystem is making all of our lives better.

Things I’m working on in 2014:

I become a better programmer by learning other languages.
For example, I’m a better Java programmer from having learned
Scala.  I came to understand data structures and the
relationship between code and data better from learning Scheme.
This year, I want to learn Rust.

Billy Bosworth (CEO at
DataStax)

Crystal ball gazing for 2014:

  • A revolution in the database industry is taking place
    right now as enterprises rapidly adopt next-generation NoSQL
    databases instead of relational giants such as Oracle.

  • In 2014, more businesses will adopt NoSQL than ever
    before because consumers will generate significantly more data that
    companies will need to analyze for a competitive edge.

  • In particular, we will see accelerated momentum in
    Europe as many NoSQL providers laid significant groundwork in this
    important market over the past year and are seeing significant
    customer adoption in the region.

A proud year for Cassandra in
2013:

The Cassandra community is growing by leaps and
bounds, and DataStax hosted our first Cassandra Summit in London,
as well as our annual one in San Francisco. It was very gratifying
to see more than 1,500 Cassandra users assemble to share stories
and help each other succeed. I was so proud to witness the strength
of our community and the massive momentum of our technology.

On making connections and pounding the
treadmill in 2014:

Aside from my ongoing personal resolution to hit the
gym harder, on the technical side I’d like to help connect the
relational and NoSQL communities. There is so much overlap between
the two groups, and given my experience as a former Oracle DBA and
the CEO of a NoSQL company, I am in a unique position to help
demonstrate the power of heterogeneous environments as well as
smooth their transition to this new technology.

Rod Johnson (Creator of Spring Framework and

startup investor
)

A Java resurgence in 2014:

I think the Java resurgence will continue, with Java
8, but that Java 8 will also contribute to increased interest in
functional languages.

Personal high:

Scala Days in June. It felt like the early days of Java or
Spring: Lots of excited attendees and great talks. And it was the
most beautiful environment I’ve ever spoken in.

2014 goal:

Learn another language, which isn’t too similar to
those I already know.

Fred Simon (Co-founder and Chief Architect,
JFrog)

Industry tips for 2014:

  • More and more open public APIs will appear.
    Traditionally closed software stacks will open up to programmable
    extensions.

  • Infrastructure as code (Chef, Puppet, Vagrant,
    JClouds, etc.) will start to use more advanced software practices:
    CI, Automated Test, versioning, dependency management.

  • PaaS and IaaS will merge as the technical line will
    get more and more blurry, and the companies involved will also
    merge.

The best thing about 2013?

DevOps migrations accelerated in 2013. Also, more and
more DevOps understood that managing software binaries,
configuration version and installable packages cannot be done with
a file system solution. Using appropriate tooling for Binary
Management became a must.

My big goal for 2014:

Extend the ecosystem of JFrog products to solve the
whole flow, from commit to production, without human intervention!
Whatever your environment and tools, with JFrog you can develop,
deploy, and distribute!

Bobby Patrick (Executive Vice President &
CMO of Basho)

What’s in the tea leaves for
2014?

  • CIOs become more involved in cloud operations because
    of the business demand to match AWS economics in-house, whilst
    operational simplicity will be required across every level of
    enterprise IT due to strained resources.

  • ‘Internet of Things’ hits prime time, further
    accelerating the explosion of big data we have seen over the past
    few years

  • Customer experiences will be measured in milliseconds,
    rather than seconds and users will demand constant availability;
    any significant latency or planned downtime will spell the death of
    a service provider

Top 2013 moment:

Rather than focus on any specific thing, my personal
highlight is simply seeing the success we’ve had bringing Riak into
Europe and working with a wide range of organisations to address
their critical data concerns.

Tech goal in 2014:

Our resolution is to be ready when everyone realises
what they are missing with distributed systems. From our
experience, we believe that 90% of use cases are better solved with
distributed systems and we feel this is the year that people will
wake up and smell the coffee!

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Yut Shing

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