What is Java?

Java is a type of programming language that is quite popular. In fact, with C it is one of the most popular programming languages in use. Java was originally developed for handheld devices and set-top boxes as OAK. However, after oak was unsuccessful, it modified to incorporate the World Wide Web, and re-launched as Java by Sun Microsystems. It is developed by James Gosling.

It is a general-purpose computer programming language that incorporates concurrent, class-based, object-oriented elements. It is also designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It has developed much of its syntax from C and C++, and is quite similar to C++ but is designed to be simpler in order to reduce common programming errors.

One of the primary benefits of Java is that it is intended to be a "write once, run anywhere" (WORA) program, which means that once it is compiled it should run on all platforms that support Java and without the need for recompilation.

It should be noted that Java is not the same as Javascript, in fact they are not even related. Javascript is a scripting language for use in web browsers.

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