What is Java?

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We often hear Java when learning or talking about coding, but what is Java really?

Originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems and released in 1995 as a core component of Sun Microsystems’ Java platform, Java, which was derived from C and C++ but with low-level facilities, is a general-purpose computer programming language that is parallel, class-based, object-oriented, and purposely devised to have as few execution needs as possible. Its general idea is to “write once, run anywhere,” which suggests that all Java code can run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation.

Reportedly, there are 9 million developers using Java in their programming, and some of these are for desktop GUI applications, Android Software Development Kit, Blu-ray disc players, web applications, such as eCommerce web applications using open-source eCommerce platforms like Broadleaf, web servers and application servers, enterprise applications, and scientific applications.