Putting Java's Recent Troubles in Context- And How It Can Affect Your Career

By Martin Schaeferle

java256pxJava has been in the news quite a bit recently - and it's not all good. As you may have heard, the language has been hit by multiple attacks across the past few years; the bad guys have ranged from the Anonymous hackers to foreign cyber-criminals. Underscoring this problem, Oracle released the fifth Java update in just two months while the US Department of Homeland Security warned US users to completely disable the software.So what to make of the future of Java? Naturally, the long-term prognosis for the language should be a concern for programmers considering a Java tutorial video or other training regimens.

This article does a great job of putting Java's recent woes in context. For example, the reason why Java's being attacked isn't due to any inherent flaw in the language; rather, it's simply the most popular language out there. It's the same reason why PCs, and not Macs, have been the target of hackers for the last 30 years. But as Macs become increasingly popular, especially in the corporate world, they're now seeing an increase of attacks.Bottom line: if Java is central to your current or future career plans, the article is a must-read. 

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Martin Schaeferle

Martin Schaeferle has taught IT professionals nationwide to develop applications using Visual Basic, Microsoft SQL Server, ASP, and XML. He has been a featured speaker at Microsoft Tech-Ed and the Microsoft NCD Channel Summit, and he specializes in developing Visual Basic database applications, COM-based components, and ASP-based Web sites. In addition to writing and presenting technical training content, Martin is also LearnNowOnline's vice president of technology.

This blog entry was originally posted March 22, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle