Learning a new programming language requires a big investment in time and effort, and you want to be sure it won't be wasted. Why should you spend precious spare time learning about Java? In this brief article, which takes no more than 10 minutes to read, I'll answer that question. I'll describe why large numbers of programmers have adopted Java, where you can best use Java, and when you should stick with C, C++, or Visual Basic. I'll also suggest some free online resources to get you started with the minimum of effort.
Many Employers Want Java Skills
When Java was launched in 1995, much of the early buzz was about applets. The browser wars between Microsoft and Netscape soon diverted resources from Java support, and web sites turned to DHTML and CSS alternatives. Lack of high-speed connections (broadband) is another factor. As broadband becomes more popular, so does running programs from a browser. In the meantime, try a variety of Java applet games at Microprizes or see the NASA JTrack applet, which pinpoints the positions of various satellites around the earth in real time. Would you like to be able to develop programs like that?
The focus of Java use has shifted to server systems, and a 2001 survey by Evans Data Corp concluded that Java is used by more than 50% of developers in the world. The same study stated that by the end of 2002 more developers would be using Java than C, C++, C#, or Visual Basic.