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Survey Shows Java Developers Bullish on Java 8 Adoption and Accepting Invitation to Functional Programming

Based on Survey of More Than 2,800 Java Developers, 65 Percent Already Committed to Java 8 Upgrade, 83 Percent Cite Lambdas as Key Interest

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/03/14 -- Typesafe, provider of the world's leading Reactive platform and the company behind Play Framework, Akka, and Scala, today released the findings of a survey of more than 2,800 Java developers in which Java 8 upgrade plans and attitudes about the key features of the new release were probed.

Key findings (download the full report here):

  • Immediate Java 8 Migration Plans
    65% of Java developers have plans to upgrade to Java 8 within the next 24 months. 54% plan to upgrade within the next 12 months. 29% plan to upgrade within the next six months. And only 1% of Java developers who have evaluated Java 8 have decided not to upgrade for the foreseeable future.

  • Overwhelming Appetite for Lambdas
    Survey respondents were asked which Java 8 features they were most excited about. 83% selected lambda expressions and virtual extension methods. The second most popular response was Java 8's enhancement of core libraries with lambda.

  • Oracle Making Progress With Java Security
    Focusing on better securing the Java platform was the main reason cited for last year's decision to delay shipment of Java 8. Respondents were asked whether they believe that Oracle has since done a good job of getting Java security on the right path, and 59% believe they have.

Other key areas addressed in the report (download the full report here) include:

  • Upgrade plans for Java 6 vs. Java 7 users
  • Java 8 as a JRE and compilation target
  • Most anticipated new features of Java 8 (full list)
  • Lambdas and Scala -- friend or foe
  • App Server, JVM, JRE ordered popularity by Java developers

"This interesting snapshot of a sizable number of survey respondents suggests not only an intent to upgrade to Java 8 relatively quickly, but real interest in the new functional programming features it brings," said Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk. "Such a transition to mainstream adoption would be typical of enterprise adoption patterns, which require technologies to prove themselves in high scale environments first."

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About Typesafe

Typesafe (Twitter: @Typesafe) is dedicated to helping developers build Reactive applications on the JVM. With the Typesafe Reactive Platform, comprised of Play Framework, Akka, and Scala, developers can deliver highly responsive user experiences backed by a resilient and event-driven application stack that scales on multicore and cloud computing architectures. The company also offers Typesafe Activator, a browser-based tool with reusable templates to jump-start Reactive application development, training and consulting services in conjunction with partners to accelerate adoption, and commercial support and maintenance to assure long-term binary compatibility. Backed by Greylock Partners, Shasta Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and Juniper Networks, Typesafe is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Switzerland and Sweden. To learn more, visit www.typesafe.com.

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