Sun Microsystems released the Java programming language in 1995, and with many features such as portability and interactivity, it is still favored by developers 28 years after its launch.
According to the 2023 Java Ecosystem Report published by New Relic, Java 17 has seen a 430% increase in developer adoption one year after launch; Java 14 is the most popular non-LTS version.
The content based on the report is as follows:
Java designates a long-term support (LTS) release every 2-3 years that push quarterly stability, security, and performance updates but does not introduce new features.
In production environments, 56% of application development currently uses Java 11 (up from 48% in 2022 and 11% in 2020) and 33% of development uses Java 8 (down from 46% in 2022).
While Java 11 tops the list for the second year in a row, Java 17 adoption is catching up fast. More than 9 percent of applications now use Java 17 in production (up from less than 1 percent in 2022), indicating a 430 percent growth rate in one year.
Amazon has replaced Oracle as the most popular Java Development Kit (JDK) vendor. Oracle has about 75% of the Java market share in 2020.
While Oracle retains the top spot with a 34% share in 2022, it slips to 28% by 2023. Amazon’s market share has grown significantly to 31 percent (up from 2.18 percent in 2020 and 22 percent in 2022).