The rise and death (sort of) of Java

; Date: September 4, 2018

Tags: Java

In 1995, with great fanfare, Java was unleashed on the world. It was going to give us interactive web pages, and also run on the server, and by having Java at both ends of the Internet programmers would live in nirvana. While Java is still hugely popular on the server, it died on the browser due to security bugs and the success of JavaScript in the browser. With Node.js letting programmers use JavaScript on the server, we can achieve nirvana using a different language - JavaScript.

The Rise and Fall of Java

Few people know that Java, the worlds most popular programming language, the one that powers smartphone apps and Mars rovers alike, was the result of a project to build a better TV remote.

About the Author(s)

David Herron : David Herron is a writer and software engineer focusing on the wise use of technology. He is especially interested in clean energy technologies like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. David worked for nearly 30 years in Silicon Valley on software ranging from electronic mail systems, to video streaming, to the Java programming language, and has published several books on Node.js programming and electric vehicles.