The accelerated adoption of digital technologies urges you to be innovative and find reliable solutions to adapt to changing market conditions? Partnering with a Java development company might prove the right strategy for boosting the innovation spirit and driving more customers and revenue. As an ever-evolving but mature enough technology, Java provides the perfect balance between robustness, security, scalability options and disruptive potential.
Working in a bespoke software development company focused on developing enterprise Java applications, I’ve learned the value of strategic partnerships. Instead of customers, we at Dreamix have partners because we see help each other grow and create more meaningful projects that improve the world we live in. As humans, we’ve always tried to optimise the way we live and work in order to solve intractable problems, become more efficient and, as a result, more content. Nowadays, technology is the driving force behind most innovations and has significantly altered the way we work and do business.
Without further ado, let’s find out why and how working with a Java development company can help you reach new heights.
What is Java and is it Still Relevant?
At its core, Java is a high-class, object-oriented programming language (OOP). OOP has a neat modular structure, which makes it easier to solve sophisticated problems. In addition, its modular structure helps programmers write reusable code and simultaneously this improves and accelerates the development process. One of the many primary drivers of Java’s well-maintained reputation is its strong and online community support. It is the second-largest among the many active Stack Overflow communities. Not to mention that Java is currently 26 years old and being a mature language makes it a tested and reliable option.
However, with all modern programming languages flooding the marker, is there room left for Java to shine? The short answer is a definite YES, but if you need more arguments, here they come. As a programming language, Java continues to rank at the top of global rankings. Spectrum statistics published in August 2021 revealed that Java ranks second in categories such as enterprise, web and mobile development, surpassed only by the overtaker Python.
What Software Can You Build With Java?
The Java programming language is very versatile and is used in many areas of software development. Some of the most popular uses for Java include:
- Web applications: With the flexible, reliable and powerful programming language Java, companies can deploy web applications using Jakarta Server Pages (JSP) and servlets. But Java is also a good choice for static HTML websites that are to be enriched with dynamic content.
- Various software applications: With Java, both commercial and open-source projects can be created with the help of various IDEs, for example, IntelliJ Idea, Eclipse, BlueJ and Netbeans, and many online IDE variants.
- Enterprise applications: Java is also a top choice for building enterprise solutions that make your business more efficient and less hardware-dependent as Java is compatible with all operating systems. Because of its scalability options, easy maintenance and maturity (Java relies on numerous libraries), each individual business need can be targeted using Java’s capabilities.
- Android apps: Android Studio from Google, which is based on IntelliJ Idea, is widely used in developing mobile apps. The apps run on the JVM, which means that the code itself is executed in the same way as on desktop computers.
- Cloud-based applications: some say the future is cloud computing, and the pandemic has also made it a more preferred choice because of its high processing speed, security and cost-efficiency. Java has long been utilised to build reliable cloud-based applications such as Gmail.
Finding the Right Java Development Company
This can actually be a toughie. While you might have decided on what technology to implement for your next project, you now might be facing the issues of finding IT talents to turn your vision into reality. Finding the right Java development company is the single most decisive factor that predicts the future success of your software project. Why, you might ask. First, whether you realise it or not, your outsourcing partner essentially becomes part of your extended team. You communicate with them on a regular basis and exchange valuable insights regarding project details and status updates.
The vendor’s development processes are also an integral part of every project’s outcome. If they have established comprehensive working frameworks to deliver high-value solutions and can back this with previous successful projects, the chances are that the vendor company is reliable and trustworthy. Last but not least, ask yourself if your potential partners are the right culture fit for you, as this can also reflect poorly on your project. The least you want is to see all good intentions backfiring on the project because of radically different company cultures (e.g. one is strictly hierarchical while the other is agile and with a flat structure). While visiting ranking websites such as Clutch or TheManifest is an excellent initial step, you might want to do well-thought-out research on potential software development companies, shortlist them according to technical expertise and then, once again, based on culture fit.
Building a Successful Software Project
Are you familiar with The Chaos Report (now longitudinal research) by the Standish Group International? If not, I highly recommend checking it out as it reveals targeted insights, success criteria and casts light on key ingredients that minimise project risks and failures. As it turns out, the common comparison between the building process of bridges to software development is faulty and should be avoided altogether. After all, bridges connect two land pieces, whereas software should execute hundreds of different tasks simultaneously, and the industry best practices constantly change. For example, the original intent of Java was to be used in interactive television, but in 1995 digital cable television still lacked maturity. Hence, Java creators had to seek alternative and more relevant use cases.
That was one of the leading reasons why Agile methodologies for software development were born. In traditional programming, business requirements were known from the beginning of a project, and developers only needed to assemble code into coherent pieces. Now that markets are being flooded with digital solutions and competition is fierce, the need to constantly re-adapt success criteria and re-think requirements and priorities is evident. CIO recommends starting a project with just the absolute must requirements, evaluating them on the go and practising agile development. The Chaos Report findings confirm that only about 7% of app features are absolutely essential. So, from a business perspective, working tightly with developers should be a crucial component of your next successful Java project.
Author Biography Aleksandrina Vasileva
Aleksandrina is a Content Creator at Dreamix, a custom software development company, and is keen оn innovative technological solutions with a positive impact on our world. Her teaching background, mixed with interests in psychology, drives her to share knowledge. She is an avid reader and an enthusiastic blogger, always looking for the next inspiration.