The future of Java and Employment:
Speaking to Paris Apostolopuolos, who is a software engineer working in London who blogs about Java and technology at Java Papo, he shared his comments on the job market for the Java industry and its future:
“When it comes to functional programming, currently we do see a lot of legacy code bases jumping directly to this new paradigm ending up being more complex and difficult to maintain. Java while is making steady progress on adopting even more functional programming constructs, is still an object oriented language and this ‘dual’ personality sometimes might prove to be handy.”
“One of the most important skills that should be valued is the ability of Java developers to balance the use of functional ‘constructs’ versus O.O in existing code bases, taking the most of both worlds, rather than forcing one style over the other.”
The recruitment of Software Developers will be the top priority of all businesses of any size in the near future, according to Kartik Kalra of Recruiter’s Super Blog. The impact of retaining Software Developers for an SME or an MNC is likely to determine the future of their business, and the advancement of technology and demand for talent in this industry will be affected.
Considering that software developers salaries are already high and increasing, larger companies are more likely the only ones who can afford them. Although a high salary is not the only factor that attracts many software developers, the problems that need to be solved also need to be engaging enough for developers to stay motivated.
Paris mentions that “the Java development ‘job’ or market is already going through a transformation, mostly affected by other major trends in the IT world. The two dominant forces will continue to be this ‘urge’ to adopt the Functional Programming paradigm and the move to the ‘cloud’.”
“I think that Java developers will slowly start to ‘balance’ between the forces of the trends and will start picking the correct tools and approaches for their end solution rather than blindly following ‘trends’, articles or buzzwords.”
Coding Classes in College
In recent times, there has been a big push on people signing up for coding classes as the increasing employer demand making the position of a software developer more interesting to college students. It is becoming more obvious what skills and knowledge are more valuable for a successful, and well-paid career, and students are aware of this significance in the job market.
It has been predicted that 90% of all post-secondary graduates will have done a coding class by 2020.
Paris continues to comment on being a java developer in this day and age – “a modern Java developer is expected to be aware of the new ‘upcoming’ platform which is the cloud. Java will be one of the first choices for teams and companies that want to build services in the cloud.”
“The catch point is we need to adapt our coding style and practises in order to deliver software that will be cost effective and scalable. Moving to the cloud does not mean that all the sins of our software are going to disappear.”
“Java will be one of the first choices for teams and companies that want to build services in the cloud. The catch point is we need to adapt our coding style and practises in order to deliver software that will be cost effective and scalable. Moving to the cloud does not mean that all the sins of our software are going to disappear.”
Coding from Home
As technology advances and the ability to work on mobile and away from offices, it is proving to be not as necessary to be at the company’s office space at all times. This is more relevant for software developers as their work is mostly computer and internet based.
This benefits employees greatly in having a well-balanced working life, as well as people, being more environmentally conscious and reducing transportation emissions; it is anticipated that developers will be looking for positions that allow them to work from home.
The Future of Java
Bozhidar Bozhanov of Bozho Tech blog and a senior software engineer, predicts that the future of Java in 2017 will continue to develop steadily in a number of directions. Some of the existing and popular frameworks such as Spring, Hibernate and JavaEE implementations will be extending and stabilising.
There will be some maturing of frameworks related to ‘cutting edge’ technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain.
Lastly, there will be some indication of growth and attraction with some of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) ecosystem with languages like Scala, Ceylon, Groovy and Kotlin.