Long live Java -- and the new JavaWorld

A total redesign of JavaWorld, InfoWorld's sister site, pays tribute to the programming language that still rules the enterprise -- and to the developers who embrace it

Java has survived many predictions of its imminent demise, from declarations of terminal un-hipness to fears Oracle would mangle it to apocalyptic security alarms. Despite all that, according to the latest Tiobe Index, Java is in a virtual tie with C as the most popular programming language in the world, with the number of Java developers estimated to be between eight and nine million.

InfoWorld's sister publication, JavaWorld, has been the go-to site for the Java community ever since the language took off in the mid-nineties. Today, I'd like to introduce the next phase of that legacy: the brand new, completely redesigned JavaWorld site.

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Visit the new JavaWorld and the first thing you'll notice is the fresh, modern look and vastly improved navigation. You'll also find new content areas, improved search, integrated social media, and a new structure organized around Core JavaEnterprise Java, and Mobile Java. Plus, the sharp new mobile version of JavaWorld shows the power of the responsive Web design principles underlying the site.

The new Java App Dev section will be especially engrossing for enterprise Java professionals seeking to explore the intersection between Java and cloud computing, big data, JavaScript, and other modern trends. Java pros realize that Java keeps discovering new ways to stay relevant, including inventive scripting languages such as Scala that leverage the rock-solid stability of the Java Virtual Machine. Some of that innovation has in turn found its way back into Java 8.

Regular JavaWorld visitors will be happy to know that the core mission of the site -- to deliver quality content authored by Java developers, for Java developers -- has not changed. You'll find the same dedication to producing valuable technical articles, reviews, programming tips, and how-to articles that has characterized the site from the beginning. Featured bloggers including Johannes BrodwalJeff FriesenAndrew GloverDustin Marx, and Ted Neward will continue providing their perspectives. A revitalized Java 101 series unpacks Java programming concepts for a new generation of developers, while Open Source Java Projects showcases enterprise tools and frameworks culled from GitHub and SourceForge. Altogether, it's an unbeatable package.

For 17 years, JavaWorld has been the go-to website for Java developers, many of whom now play crucial roles in designing enterprise applications to support core business processes. Enlivened by a dynamic new design, JavaWorld will be in an even better position to support Java pros as they maintain critical systems and develop new innovations. Hats off to our rebooted sister site and to the dozens of developers, designers, editors, and IT professionals involved in re-imagining and rebuilding JavaWorld.

This article, "Long live Java -- and the new JavaWorld," originally appeared at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Eric Knorr's Modernizing IT blog. And for the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld on Twitter.