Outside of that, they do have some similarities amongst all their differences. In this post, we will look at these comparisons, their history, and their difficulty of use.
Origins of Java
Project Oak — later renamed Java — was founded in 1991 by James Gosling while working for Oracle. The goal of Oak was to create a cleaner and more uniform language to improve on the C and C++ languages. It was released to the public in 1995 as a core component of Sun Microsystems, owned by Oracle.
Like many other languages, Java must be compiled to create executable files that run in an operating environment for the program. This aspect means an extra step in the development and testing process.
Java is a compiled language created with developers in mind, providing a language that offers cleaner syntax by comparison to most other compiled languages. The drawback to compiled languages is that testing tends to be more complicated and, therefore, the development process suffers.
They can both be used for a wide variety of purposes and there is some overlap. Next let's look at some examples of technologies that they can be used for.
The gap between these two has been slowly decreasing in size over the years. As time passes, both landscapes are changing rapidly, but not all their characteristics can change.
In closing the bottom line is that they are only really comparable in the sense that they are both programming languages. Outside of that their uses are very different and have different requirements, such as level of understanding, plugins, and more.
They are also used for different purposes, and in that vein, your desired intention and project needs are important to consider. Due to these differences, you’ll also need to keep in mind aspects like your project’s hosting, runtime, and production needs.
Originally published Dec 23, 2021 7:00:00 AM, updated May 10 2022