The emergence of Java 8 has been on the minds of application developers for some time now, as many IT professionals are anxious to see how it will impact conventional operations, such as code refactoring and review. For the most part, experts seem excited about the new upgrade, which will provide developer and operations teams the capability to produce more comprehensive and functional software solutions.
A recent Typesafe survey of more than 2,800 Java developers highlighted this growing commotion, revealing that most professionals plan on embracing the upgrade. Specifically, the study found that 65 percent of respondents anticipate using Java 8 within the next two years. Furthermore, 54 percent of individuals said they will likely update their platforms within the coming year, while 29 percent anticipate installing the upgrade within six months.
"This interesting snapshot of a sizable number of survey respondents suggests not only an intent to upgrade to Java 8 relatively quickly, but real interest in the new functional programming features it brings," said Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst with RedMonk. "Such a transition to mainstream adoption would be typical of enterprise adoption patterns, which require technologies to prove themselves in high scale environments first."
The survey also found that more than 80 percent of Java developers are anticipating the use of new lambda expressions and virtual extension methods. The findings suggest that experts are looking for more functional programming practices. This demand has been seen across the globe, including outside of the Java community.
A call for change
One of the biggest emerging needs within the application development landscape comes from the fact that businesses want to be able to streamline the creation of comprehensive and functional software without compromising the quality of those solutions. Ultimately, this means that building and testing code, regardless of the programming language being used, needs to be more efficient.
An emerging concept called DevOps, which is widely understood as enabling better interaction between development and operations teams through cutting-edge technologies and methodologies, is gaining momentum. Throughout 2014, the acceleration of this mentality will increase, especially as decision-makers realize that DevOps is about more than just automating software deployments, as it will bring about cultural and philosophical changes in the workplace. The ability to knock down silos and streamline crucial procedures that used to take long periods of time will open the eyes of decision-makers throughout companies, encouraging them to enable similar initiatives elsewhere.
Building a continuous application development and delivery cycle is critical for companies of all sizes. If that means adopting new software updates like Java 8 or embracing next-generation DevOps strategies for executives, companies should plan how they can carry out those objectives efficiently and cost-effectively.
Having a continuous software cycle will become increasingly important as mobility picks up speed and forces organizations to think outside of the box and embrace change. Rather than neglecting evolution and risking the productivity of their application development cycles, decision-makers should understand how adopting new strategies and tools can introduce innovative opportunities.