Most developers are so used to turning to HTML5 and CSS for frontend or user interface (UI) development, especially for websites and web applications, that they seldom look into other alternatives.
In reality, HTML5 isn’t the only way you can construct a fluid and functional web user interface to use today.
Java-based user interface is gaining a lot of traction lately, especially with React.js offering more features and allowing developers to jump right in with frontend development. So, is it time to consider switching to a Java-based UI programming language?
More Frameworks to Use
Frameworks really speed up development time; this is especially true when you are working on a frontend interface. Instead of getting bogged down by structure, for instance, you can rely on grids or flexes to develop a responsive layout that works really well in different situations.
There are more Java-based frontend frameworks to choose from right now. The increase is partly due to the increasing popularity of Java itself – thanks to other frameworks like Node.js – and partly because of the increasing challenges that developers now face.
We have Spring MVC creating a layer-like structure for developers to work with. The framework offers immense modularity that only a few other frameworks can provide. There is JavaServer Faces for the experienced Java web developers who want access to everything.
We also have highly visual frameworks like React bridging the gap between web and mobile UI. Thanks to React.Native, you don’t need to program separate UIs to create a web interface and native mobile apps. Since the frameworks are Java-based, getting started with them is also easy to do.
Aside from frontend frameworks, we also have more backend and core frameworks helping developers achieve things faster. Node.js may seem overly complicated at first, but it offers the kind of flexibility that many developers require when creating a complex application.
The same can be said for Groovy, another popular scripting language that many developers now use. Read more about Groovy and you’ll find that it includes a built-in flow control, closures, and even the ability to process advanced loops and structures without complex codes.
These backend frameworks play nicely with Java-based UI frameworks. They work together out of the box no matter which frontend framework you pair with which backend scripting language. The lack of compatibility issues certainly makes developing apps and websites much easier as well.
Language of the Future
We hear people talking about the death of Java almost every year since 2010. There is always a reason why Java is ending, but the programming language remains one of the most widely used today. Java is here to stay; from the developments of new frameworks and better tools, it’s here to stay indefinitely.
Some even believe that Java is the programming language of the future. Sure, it may not be the most efficient to use, especially when you are only developing a simple web page. Add complex challenges to the mix, however, and Java – with the right framework and a team of skilled developers – is a fantastic foundation for a beautiful and functional user interface for your applications.