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Language Spotlight: Java

With over 10 million users, Java is one of today's most popular programming languages. It's been around since 1985. What makes it so useful, and what makes it so different from other languages?

What is Java?

The complicated version: Java is a class-based, object-oriented language used to program computer functions. Java can be run on all operating systems, and is typically used for server-side (back-end) functioning.

The simple version: Java is a programming language. Its flexibility allows it to be used on every operating system.

Java differentiates itself from other languages because of it's syntax: rather than using numbers (like C++), Java uses commands written in English. This is why it's often picked as the first language to teach a new programming student.

Java is different than JavaScript. JavaScript is a script language mostly used in web pages.

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JAVA FAQ

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WHY IS IT CALLED JAVA?

Java was originally named "Oak" - but that name was already trademarked. Aside from that, no one really knows where the name came from!

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WHAT CAN YOU MAKE WITH JAVA?

Java is used to create mobile apps, websites, databases, and image processing applications.

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WHO USES JAVA?

Software Developers, Software Engineers, and Web Developers all use Java.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO LEARN JAVA?

Start by downloading the Java Virtual Machine here, then check out free resources such as Udemy and FreeCodeCamp. If you're interested in starting a career as a developer, consider attending an immersive bootcamp.

HOW CAN I LEARN JAVA?

Through an immersive education, of course! A number of our bootcamp partners focus primarily on Java. Jump into a program today and you'll become a developer in no time!

Due to its flexibility and ease of use, Java is often one of the first languages students learn in a bootcamp (next to JavaScript, Python and .NET.) All programming and scripting languages share similarities, so once you learn one, it's easier to scale your knowledge to learn the others!

So you're probably asking yourself: Which bootcamp program is right for me?

Answer: It all depends!

Look at geography: No matter where you are in the country, you can benefit from an immersive bootcamp education through an online program. There are in-person programs in almost every state. View our list of bootcamps by location to see if there's one near your doorstep!

Look at culture: Just as you'd be hesitant to attend a college without touring the campus - you need to visit your bootcamp space before committing to it (even if it's through a virtual info session).

Look at outcomes: Ask the school if they have reported their student outcomes. You wouldn't want to spend 12 weeks in a program that won't prepare you for your future. The great thing about Skills Fund: We've done this for you. We don't partner with crappy programs, and all of our partners have been through our vetting process to make sure they're worthy of your time and money.

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