Java is a general-purpose programming language that’s capable of creating various useful computer applications. Java boasts the capability to run on different platforms without the need to be recompiled. Applications created using other programming languages similar to Java have to be modified, depending on which operating system they would be installed in. This is made possible through the creation of specific codes for different machines that serve as a kind of translator for the machine and the coded program.
Ideally, before deciding which programming language to learn, rookie programmers should first determine what career they are interested in. Java, being a general-purpose language, opens the door for the creation of a multitude of applications that are independent from the browser. This programming language is great for those who wish to make programs from the ground up. While Java is capable of running in browsers through the use of “applets”, being dependent on browsers isn’t the optimal use of Java capabilities.
|More rigid programming||More fluid and dynamic|
|Not reliant on a browser to run||Browser-dependent|
|Does not need to be recompiled after every modification||Injected directly into the HTML of a web page|
The video below elaborates on the differences between the two programming languages.