Java Programming Introduction

The Computer(Hardware) is quite dumb and incapable of independent thought or functionality.

In most cases, we need it to perform a function or two.

So we need to communicate with it ,therein the need for a conventional language both parties understand(The Computer and the User).

There are more than 100 languages used in conversing with a computer and giving it list of instructions.

One of the languages is what we will be talking about in this course.

Java is a popular multi-purpose programming language. It is fast, reliable, and very secure. According to Oracle, the company that owns Java, Java runs on 3 billion devices worldwide.

Considering the number of Java developers, Java standalone systems, devices running Java, and companies adapting it(Banks and Fintechs mostly), it’s safe to say that Java will be around for many years to come.

This course will provide everything you need to know about Java programming language before you learn it.

More specifically, you will learn about features of Java programming, its applications, reasons to learn it, and how you can learn it the right way.

Before diving right into the course, its customary to know how it came to me.

Advent of Java and why it was created

In 1991, A team called “Green Team” led by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems created a programming language for digital consumer devices.

Due to sentimental reasons, He named the language Oak, just because he had an Oak tree outside his office!

The “Green Team” then demonstrated the use of the language with an interactive television.

However, it was too advanced for the digital cable television at the time, and more suitable for the internet which has just started coming up.

Later, the language was renamed Green and finally renamed Java from Java coffee; hence the coffee-cup logo.

Since C/C++ was popular back then, James Gosling designed the language with C/C++ style syntax, and philosophy “write once, run anywhere”.

After years, Sun Microsystems released the first public implementation of Java in 1995.

It was announced that the Netscape Navigator Internet browser would incorporate Java technology.

Oracle Corporation then went on to acquire Sun’s Microsystem in 2010.

In our next tutorial, we will deepen our knowledge our Java by learning Java terminologies, virtual machine, and JDK.

Next – Java Terminologies, JVM, JRE and JDK

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