When Web Companies grow up they turn into Java Shops

August 17, 2016

Earlier this month I attended Pivotal’s SpringOne platform conference in Las Vegas.  In case you’re not familiar with it, Spring is a Java Framework “that helps development teams everywhere build simple, portable, fast and flexible JVM-based systems and applications.”

For some of you out there you may be thinking Java is old school and not relevant in in today’s modern world of digital business.  Au contraire mon frere.  James Governor, the D’artagnan of the analyst world,  countered this belief of irrelevance in his SpringOne talk entitled, “When Web Companies grow up, the become Java Shops.”

Take a listen as James backs up his claim.  (For extra credit see the Redmonk Programming Language Rankings below that places Java in the top right corner second only to JavaScript.  Click on the chart to enlarge the rankings).

Some of the ground James covers

  • Facebook as a big Java shop.  Twitter as a member of the JCP (Java Community Process)
  • Seeing a lot of Java innovation even outside of Android
  • Big Data e.g. Hadoop written in Java/JVM
  • We will see cloud native Java in the next 3-5 years


Redmonk Q3-16 language rankings

Redmonk Q3-16 language rankings


Pau for now…





Structure: Cumulogic, a Java Platform as a Service

June 26, 2011

Last Thursday at Structure I ran into a couple of former Sun compadres who have started their own company in the cloud space:  Cumulogic.  Cumulogic is PaaS for developing Java applications and boasts the father of Java James Gosling and former Sun CIO Bill Vass as the leaders of its technical advisory board.

I got some time with Cumulogic’s CEO Rajesh Ramchandani and learned a bit about their new venture.

Some of the ground Rajesh covers:

  • Targeting enterprise Java PaaS for federated clouds
  • Announced the company in January and are conducting user betas now
  • Seeing early adopters in financial services and healthcare
  • Currently available as a public cloud via Amazon
  • Will have a release soon that will allow users to set up a private cloud within an enterprise on environments like vmware, cloud.com or eucalyptus.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…

Blueprint: Built of Java thanks to Google Web Toolkit

October 14, 2008

The great thing about cloud-based applications is that it doesn’t matter what they’re written in or how they’re constructed, all that matters is that they do what you need them to.  What’s the back-end of your phone system written in?  Odds are you don’t know and don’t care.

That being said, there are group of folks, lets call them “developers” who are interested in what goes on behind the curtain.  For that group of people and others who find this kind of thing interesting and informative, read on.

What to build Blueprint out of?

When the team first started developing Lombardi Blueprint, they began with Java on the back-end and a combination of HTML and Flash on the front end.  When, due to plug-in issues, this didn’t work they moved to pure HTML and JavaScript using Dojo.  This too had its issues, namely performance and a lack of visibility.

Around this time Google Web Toolkit (GWT) 1.3 was released and the team decided to give it go.  This turned out to be the right choice.  GWT, which compiles Java code into JavaScript as you go,  enabled the team to write both the back and front ends in 100% Java.

GWT, which was originally released in May of ’06, is 100% open source licensed under the Apache License 2.0.

Here’s a good entry posted by Olivier Modica, the Blueprint engineering manager that simply lays out the advantages that GWT provides the Blueprint team: How GWT is enabling Blueprint’s agility.

Gory Detail and Extra-credit reading

If you really want to dive into what the team did with GWT and Blueprint, check out the video of the talk Alex Moffat, lead architect on Blueprint, and Damon Lundin gave at Google I/O back in May.

Also if you want to learn more about the performance of the recently released GWT 1.5, check this out:  Blueprint and the Performance of the GWT 1.5 Hash Map

Pau for now…

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