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Year in review: Our Top 10 articles in 2019

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Did you miss any Java or JavaScript news? These two popular programming languages moved quickly in 2019. Java continued its six-month release cycle. Meanwhile, JavaScript upheld its popularity in front-end development. Catch up with the top ten articles of 2019 and prepare yourself for another year (and another decade) of programming, new releases, Angular updates, and deep dives into the latest features.

Welcome to the ’20s! It’s a new year and a new decade, and a perfect time to look back at the news of 2019. Java was hard at work and in 2019, it celebrated its 24th birthday. We welcomed the release of Java SE 12 in March and then Java SE 13 in September.

Meanwhile, JavaScript continued holding down its popularity for front-end development. In 2019, developers loved using React and TypeScript and adopted arrow functions.

These were the top ten Java and JavaScript articles in 2019: 

10. How well do you actually understand annotations in Java?

Annotations are everywhere in web or enterprise development. But how should they actually be defined? Adrian D. Finlay goes over the basics of Java annotations, their restrictions, retention policies, and more in this informative introduction to this coding mainstay.

9. Tutorial: Infrastructure as code with AWS and Terraform

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a huge portfolio of services and products that can be combined to work with one another with one another. Michael Bruns explains how it is possible for developers to just click through this infrastructure using a colorful web UI and the possibility of automation, versioning and replication.

8. Kotlin vs Java: Which programming language to choose for your Android application

In the Android development community, usage for Kotlin continues to grow, especially since its introduction as a preferred language by Google in 2017. So, which language should you choose for developing your app for Android? This article goes over some of the benefits that developing in Kotlin has over Java.

7. 5 reasons to use RxJava in your projects

Are you ready to use reactive extensions in your code? Today, RedWerk explains how developers can utilize RxJava without needing a prescription. Take advantage of its features to use aysnchronous streams, a functional approach, easy caching, and more!

6. Java 13 – a deep dive into the JDK’s new features

Java expert Falk Sippach celebrates the release of Java 13 in this article talking about what’s new, why it matters and what it means for the future of the programming language.

5. Which programming language is the most secure? High security vulnerabilities for Java have declined since 2015

Time to put languages to the test. Which programming languages are the most secure and which have dents in their armor? A report from WhiteSource examined security vulnerabilities in some of the most popular programming languages and looked at the trends of high security vulnerabilities over the years.

4. 5 alternatives to JavaScript for front-end development

JavaScript isn’t for everyone, but what are the alternatives? In this article, Future Hosting’s Matthew Davis looks at 5 of them and weighs the pros and the cons.

3. What’s new in Angular v8?

Angular 8 is finally here and includes a preview of Ivy, service worker support, differential loading, and a few other finishing touches. Manfred Steyer explains the most important changes in the newest Angular release.

2. End of the line for Java 8 public updates – Commercial users at a crossroads

The countdown to the end of public updates for Java 8 business users has officially begun. Later this month, commercial users will have to make a choice: transition to other technologies, or purchase a Java SE Subscription. What will it be?

And finally, the number one news article of the year:

1. Stack Overflow developer survey 2019: Python more popular than Java

Stack Overflow’s annual developer survey is back with results for 2019. Find out what technology is most loved, most dreaded, and most wanted. This year there are more insights about the global developer profile, demographics, and what challenges get in the way of workflow. With nearly 90,000 responses from around the globe, this is the world’s largest developer survey.

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