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RedMonk rankings show Java isn’t dead just yet

Chris Mayer

February’s programming language rankings reveal some interesting things about Java’s longevity

Ah, that age old diatribe – Java is on its way out. Well it appears from the latest research conducted from developer analysts RedMonk that pure Java is here to stay for a while just yet.

February’s RedMonk Programming Language Rankings, which compares the popularity of programming languages on GitHub and Stack Overflow, showed that not only had Java overtaken PHP on Github, but was ranked as the second highest growth language for the past three months.

Stephen O’Grady’s post looks into Java’s continuing growth in much further detail, but RedMonk’s findings also show that Java is still one of the clear choices for the community, obtaining the biggest growth in user group members on LinkedIn than every other tracked programming language. RedMonk also compared this LinkedIn group growth to other JVM counterparts, such as Groovy and Scala, with Java coming out on top with a 9% growth recently.

O’Grady put it quite simply:

Our data, then, indicates that Java remains – in spite of the fragmented programming language landscape – a viable, growing language.

The fragmentation argument does bear some fruit: the JVM instigated the proliferation of Java and also gave developers a pallette with which to create their own modified dynamic language, each with specific attributes needed for the task. Through adoption of these alternatives, many critics were left to assume that whilst the JVM had a future, Java did not.

O’Grady adds:

Vendors for whom supporting Java and Microsoft based stacks was once sufficient are being forced to evaluate the array of alternatives in an effort to maximize their addressable audience.

Other interesting tidbits show that Java has overtaken PHP in Github’s Most Popular Languages (see below) whilst Scala could be separating away from the pack of second tier languages – maybe people should sit up and take notice?

As different flavours of Java organically gain widespread backing, there’s bound to be a point where Java becomes obselete, but many of those calling for the obituary to be inked early might need to find some correctional fluid.

To read more into RedMonk’s fascinating findings, click here.

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