So despite their namesake, the two have very few similarities and developers use them to create applications on different platforms.
What is Java?
Java was released in 1995 and developed at Sun Microsystems. Java can be used to develop applications on a multitude of devices such as desktops and mobile. It is predominately used on back-end development projects and is often used for mobile computing, games, and Android development.
Java is a typical class-based object-orientated language that uses a similar syntax to C and C++. Overall, It is a fast and reliable language that remains incredibly popular and in demand.
So which one should you learn first?
Let’s take a look at when it would be more relevant to learn JavaSript or Java first.
The 2007 quote by Jeff Atwood springs to mind:
The benefit of learning Java is that it is used on a lot of enterprise-scale desktop and mobile applications. It means that you can apply for jobs at corporate banks and other big companies.
If you want to work on web development, Java is not the best choice of language to learn first. Google discontinued the use of Java applets in the browser a while ago so you can no longer use it in web development.
Java is slowly dropping in popularity and daily use. However, its widespread use over the last two decades means it will be used for years to come in plenty of legacy systems. There are plenty of languages to learn so I’d recommend sticking to those which are the most likely to get you a job.
Java needs support from its own ecosystem to run and will require you to install a few things first. You will need to download the JRE ( Java Runtime Environment) and the development kit to get going. It’s not the most difficult process but it certainly makes the learning process slightly more difficult.
But what does this mean for learning?
Nathan Britten, the founder and editor of Developer Pitstop, is a self-taught software engineer with nearly five years of experience in front-end technologies. Nathan created the site to provide simple, straightforward knowledge to those interested in technology, helping them navigate the industry and better understand their day-to-day roles.