It’s been six months since Oracle drew public support for Java 7 to a close, leaving users with the choice of either stumping up for paid services, or jumping over to Java 8. Naturally, this has helped usher a wave of developers over to the latest version of the platform over the past year, and it looks like the effects of this migration are starting to be felt in the Java ecosystem.
In the latest DZone Guide to the Java Ecosystem, a trend report from the front lines of Java compiled from data gathered from over 600 IT professionals, the writers note speculate that the end of lifeing for Java 7 may be helping to fuel the trend for faster migration in the Java ecosystem. 53% of DZone’s respondents said that they are planning to use Java 8 on their new apps within the next six months, and a further 35% are going to make the conversion in that period – 20% already have apps in the latest version of the language.
Given Java’s tarred history when it comes to security, it’s natural that enterprises would want to cover their backs by having the most up-to-date and well maintained version they can. Elsewhere, in news that will have JVM devotees rubbing their hands in glee, it’s been reported that Apple’s Windows apps now represent a greater security risk to US PCs than Java – a direct result of the “forced retirement” of Java 7.
This data comes courtesy of research by vulnerability management specialists Secunia, who rank application on the basis of how widely they are used multiplied by the number of users running unpatched apps. Java 8 now sits at number 8 on the Secunia ranking of the most exposed applications on US Windows PCs, behind Apple QuickTime 7.x and Apple iTunes 12.x.