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Java 7 Polls: Ultimate Impact (Results), and When You'll Use It (Just Started)

Posted by editor on July 25, 2011 at 12:08 PM PDT

Leading up to the Java 7 launch (end of this month), java.net has been running Java 7 related polls. The first poll, which ended this past Friday, asked What impact will Java 7 ultimately have on Java's future? The poll drew 84 votes and 6 comments. Here are the results:

What impact will Java 7 ultimately have on Java's future?

  • 7% (6 votes) - It makes Java the clear first choice among mainstream languages
  • 40% (34 votes) - Java will continue as a leading language
  • 31% (26 votes) - It keeps Java viable for now, but Java 8 is really needed
  • 11% (9 votes) - No impact: Java 7 is too little, too late
  • 10% (8 votes) - I don't know
  • 1% (1 votes) - Other

Considering programming languages in general, almost all of them expand with respect to new features early in their course of development. A question is: is continued expansion of a language always required? To more than a few, Java had become "bloated" by the time we reached Java 5.

Some languages basically stop changing at some point, yet remain widely used, due to their suitability for specific roles and applications. Languages like C and Fortran come to mind.

With Java, it seems like few would consider it a satisfactory situation if the language just became fixed in a certain state -- especially not the end-of-Sun state. Historically, there has always been momentum for new enhancements to Java. In the case of Java EE, the recent momentum was in multiple directions: a capability for much greater simplicity (i.e., "bloat" elimination, thereby facilitating -- or, re-facilitating? -- the development of fast, lightweight, highly scalable Java EE components); there was also momentum toward tunability (through the new profiles capability), with the result that Java EE can be more compactly applied to address differing engineering needs. So, with Java EE 6, Java EE expanded, yet it "shrinks" as it is applied to specific objectives.

So, looking again at this (unscientific) poll's results: what's the consensus? I'd say most people who voted think Java must continue developing, moving forward; that Java 7 is a good step in the right direction; that Java 8 is a bigger step in the right direction.

The comments included some well-expressed contrary views. For example, jwenting considers Java 7 a:

massive list of me2! features trying to turn Java into Ruby#++ aren't going to do anything to increase Java's massive market share. If anything, it will hurt the status of Java in the professional market... For serious development work, 1.5 was the end of the line. A 1.6 JVM running 1.5 code can give a bit more performance and stability on 64 bit systems, but that's about it. The only reason most professional teams moved away from 1.4 was that it went end of life, but most still code to 1.4 standards...

xylifyx cited the fact that:

We still don't have a expected release date for the mac version of Java 7 or JavaFX, until then Java 7 is not write once run everywhere. Write once run everywhere is probably Javas main advantage over competitors.

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