As Steve Jobs said: «Everyone should learn to program a computer because it teaches you to think.» If this quote doesn’t seem inspiring enough to devote to programming, from Barcelona JUG we give you some reasons to learn programming, especially the Java language and JVM platform.

There is a high demand for talented developers in the current job market. This is a good example of why becoming a developer is a safe bet for the future. Whether you already want to continue learning or you are considering starting, the Java platforms is a great option for many reasons:

  1. About to turn 25 years of history, Java is one of the most widely used programming language in the world. Present in more than 15,000 million electronic devices, there is no other language that runs on so many devices: smartphones, servers, ATMs, POS terminals, smart cards, Smart TVs, decoders, IoT, medical devices, electronic books such as Kindle, cars, etc. In addition, its use is stable and reliable, because of large companies in the sector such as Google, Amazon or Red Hat have chosen it for the creation of websites and products.
  1. The demand for Java experts is one of the highest in the sector, although the official figures are not conclusive on how many professional developers are in the world –figures estimate between 20 and 24 million– there is still a lack of qualified profiles to cover the needs of companies.
  1. It is one of the most robust programming languages. Java has a set of solid tools that allow greater productivity. This is a very important factor when choosing a programming language, as it makes it more difficult to make mistakes. Java uses a consolidated and proven memory management system.
  1. Learning Java is relatively simple, at least if we compare it with classic languages such as C or C ++. Java training is not more complex than other more modern languages such as C# or Swift. In addition, in the Java ecosystem there are many specialized tools that make compilation, debugging and deployment simple.
  1. Last but not least, Java has a specification that allows other companies to implement it and there is also an open source implementation of Java -OpenJDK- this shows how seriously Java is considered by the community and companies.   

Some experts speak of programming and coding as «the 21st century skill». They say the coding enhances creativity, teaches people to cooperate, to work together across physical and geographical boundaries and to communicate in a universal language. From Barcelona JUG and  JBCN Conf we want to promote such skills with initiatives as JBCN4KIDS, in which we promote computer programming among the youngest with a series of practical workshops.

If you still have doubts and want to know more about the world of Java programming, on September 7, 8 and 9, 2020 we will celebrate the sixth edition of the JBCN Conference, the most important Java and JVM conference in southern Europe. If you don’t have your ticket yet, you can buy it now by clicking here.

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