There are those that have claimed that Java is getting a little bit long in the tooth. This month’s selection of Packt Publishing’s books shows just how fresh and relevant Java is for the future.
If you’d like the chance to win one of the following books then RSVP to this months Prize Draw Meetup.
The future is bright, the future is mobile
This week an article in the Guardian showed that Android is now stealing the top place from Nokia’s Symbian, driven by people upgrading to Smartphones for the first time.
Don’t write off RIM just yet. The same article also showed that here in the UK Blackberry is attracting most of those who want to upgrade from their feature phones.
Both platforms are accessible for us Java programmers, so we get to benefit either way.
Java adapts to see off the challengers
Back in 2005 Bruce Tate predicted that Java’s reign was coming to an end. In his book Beyond Java he argued that it simply could not compete with the productivity of Rails. Six years later Twitter dropped Rails for Java.
This philosophy of clear concise code and developer productivity is even at the heart of the Enterprise Java Bean, a place where boiler plate once ruled.
Open competition keeps Java fresh
Unlike other developer ecosystems Java is open and competition is strong. This is especially true when it comes to IDEs. Netbeans offers a strong alternative to Eclipse, especially for support of the new Java 7 features.
Competition is also strong in the area of Grid Computing and Oracle Coherence is the leading distributed data services platform. It is a skill in demand here in London.
Special offer on Packt Publishing’s Open Source Books
For July they are offering 20% off print books and 30% off ebooks for selected open source titles. This includes JBoss AS 5 Performance Tuning.
Each month we run a promotion with Packt in which LJC members will be selected at random to receive free books. This month we are offering 2 LJC members the chance to win.