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2018’s Top Java Tools and Tips

by | Feb 5, 2018

2018 promises to be a big year for Java. Every year, the language continues to grow and evolve. These changes make Java easier to use, scale better, and function smoother. This continuous improvement has made Java the most popular programming language worldwide.


Java Tools in 2018

I recently found a great article on Jax Enter that quickly reviews the changes Java underwent in 2017 and what to expect in 2018. The article gives a great framework for advancements and changes to look out for as a Java developer. Specifically, the article dives deep into tools Java developers are using and how they’ll change this year.

If you’ve heard of, use, or are interested in Eclipse, Java Development Kit (JDK), Oracle JDeveloper, or NetBeans IDE, you’ll want to check out this article. It gives the scoop on new functionality that’ll be implemented this year.

Jax Enter also put together a high-level overview of predictions for the Java ecosystem in 2018. All Java developers should check that article out. Eclipse, Kotlin, containerization, and serverless architecture are all on the table for discussion.


2018: The Year of Eclipse

While 2017 brought the solar eclipse to much of North America, 2018 will bring the Eclipse Foundation into full force for the Java community. As it continues to grow in importance, it’s worth learning about the Eclipse Foundation. Consider getting involved in one of their open source projects.

The Eclipse Foundation is the new owner of Java Enterprise Edition (taking it over from Oracle). They’re already making changes in how Java EE will work and be supported. Eclipse has plans to release Java EE4J later this year with more flexible licensing and open governance as part of its changes.


Java 9, 10, & 11

2018 will also bring new updates to the current version of Java. Java 8 EE just launched in September. We already have Java 9 SE upon us. It’s likely this year will see two more updates to Java SE 10 and 11. InfoQ’s guide to Java updates is a great resource to help understand what’s changing and what’s staying the same.


Stay Up to Date

One great way to stay up to date with the Java landscape is through YouTube channels for Java developers. You can get news and tutorials there for almost any part of the Java ecosystem or coding challenge. The Java stack exchange and subreddit are also great places to ask questions and learn about new developments.

For more in-depth instruction, consider Intertech’s instructor-led trainings for Java. We’ll help you get up to speed on the latest trends in the industry.