Computer scientist James Gosling began developing Java in 1991 while working for Sun Microsystems. Originally known as Oak and then Green, Java was initially created for use in interactive television, but it was deemed too advanced for cable television at the time. However, it was found to be suitable for use on the back-end (or server-side) of internet apps and was ultimately released for this purpose by Sun in May 1995.
In 1994, Netscape Communications Corporation released web browser Netscape Navigator which incredibly popular. Netscape Navigator was able to render static web pages, displaying basic elements like text and images. A user’s interaction with the page was limited simple actions like filling in forms, clicking links, and viewing a page.
Why are the names so similar?
What is each one used for?
Which language is a good fit for you?
Apart from teaching you in-demand digital skills, there are a wide range benefits associated with learning both languages, include high salaries and job satisfaction. Both languages are used by companies big and small, including Google, Microsoft, Netflix, AirBnb, and Uber.
Java is a great language to learn if you’re interested in back-end development. It’s found in almost every operating system and application and it’s typically considered easier to learn than languages like C and C++. Additionally, knowing Java can lead to a very lucrative career; the average salary for a Java Developer in the UK is around £54,000.