There are no guarantees of market survival within the tech world, let alone even short-term success. Just ask anyone who was around and cognizant during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s (or took part in it). Or ask a casual tech consumer if they remember – or even heard of – Amazon's short-lived, fiasco-level attempt to enter the smartphone field. The point being: Longevity is no easy feat in any corner of tech, and one must give credit where due to Java for lasting two and a half decades; it celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this month. (To stress how long that is in tech years, TechRepublic noted that the only comparably aged items in tech include the PlayStation, which is on its fifth iteration, and secure socket layer encryption for websites.)
In recent months, certain indices that track usage of Java and other programming languages have represented significant competition against Java – including C, which has Java beat in age by more than 20 years. Nevertheless, in results released June 2020, another prominent developer survey found that Java is still the most popular coding framework for many developers. The question now, though, is how long will this primacy last? What could start bringing Java down and what might arise to take up its mantle?
JetBrains survey finds Java on top (with a few caveats)
Sichkarenko also admitted that the survey was slightly biased toward JetBrains users, noting that such respondents constituted about 60% of those polled, but said she trusted the data because non-customers represented almost half of the questionnaire's base.
Python and other codes steadily moving up