JAX Innovation Awards

What is the Most Innovative Java Technology?

Jessica Thornsby

There’s less than one week to vote for the Most innovative Java Technology!

There’s less than one week to vote in the
JAX Innovation
! After a period of Community nominations, and a jury
vote from a panel of Java experts, we have fifteen finalists vying
for the titles of Most Innovative Java Company, Most Innovative
Java Technology and Top Java Ambassador. The winners will each be
awarded$2,500 in addition to being acknowledged best-in-class by
peers from the entire Java Ecosystem. You have until the 21st June
to vote for your favourites! But, if you need some help deciding
who to vote here, here are some key quotes from the Proposals for
the Most innovative Java Technology category:


Akka’s Actors are a perfect model for writing highly concurrent
and scalable systems. Writing concurrent systems using traditional
techniques such as locks and threads is way too hard. The Actor
model provides a great alternative in which it is easier to write
correct and performant highly concurrent systems that are easier to
understand and reason about. No framework or toolkit in the Java
space provides this.


Clojure has extended what is possible on the JVM, offering a
flawless example of a true symbiotic relationship with Java and the
JDK. The concurrent programming constructs, rich data structures,
and vibrant community make Clojure an instant win for any
individual or organization. It has slowly become the tool I always
reach for in my toolbox.

Neo4j Graph Database

As part of the innovative NOSQL movement Neo4j is the only fully
open sourced graph database implementation in Java. People can use
it in their JVM based applications with any of the JVM languages,
it’s source can be studied to learn about highly efficient NIO
operations and correct concurrent and transactional request
handling. Neo4j enables applications in the Java Ecosystem to
leverage the powerful graph model to excel at connected data.


Project automation is one of the pillars of successful software
development. The requirements of automation have increased
significantly in recent years, and now go far beyond the
traditional build. In order to reduce risks of failure, it is
essential to reduce the cycle time between an idea and usable
software. It is necessary to have feedback as early and often as
possible. To achieve that Gradle provides innovative solutions for
the big pain points in this area: Performance, Maintainability and
Extensibility. It is one of the first major tools that allows you
to model a complex domain with a modern and extensible DSL.


JRebel solved the problem that has plagued the Java industry
from the start, catalyzed development of instant turnaround in
various Java technologies and erased the competitive advantage
enjoyed by dynamic languages.

Who is the Most innovative Java Technology? Head over to the
JAX Innovation
website now, to register your vote! And, if you’re
nominated for the award, please feel free to post the ‘Vote for
us!’ button on your blog or other social media site, and let
everyone know you’re in the running for Most innovative Java

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