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Java Turns 20

Monday May 18th 2015 by Developer.com Staff

The programming language was first called "Oak."

Java is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. In 1995, Sun Micrososystems introduced an object-oriented programming language called "Oak" that eventually became Java. According to Oracle, which bought Sun in 2010, Java is now downloaded 1 billion times per year, and it runs on 97 percent of enterprise desktops.

"Java is the only other language, besides C and C++, that has survived the test of time over all these years," says Red Hat's Arun Gupta. "All the major industries run some form of Java in their mission-critical deployments. Only a technological apocalypse would render Java irrelevant in the future."

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