In a recent online survey, Castille asked developers who are currently working or interested in working in Malta to choose between Java, .NET and PHP.
Java was the preferred programming language chosen by 34% of the respondents. Java has evolved a lot over the past years and holds the lead in many areas of development such as Android applications development and an increasing rate of adoption in Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT)
Java is commonly used for projects requiring emphasis on features like scalability, performance and security.
Something interesting to point out is the number of developers who mentioned other languages as their preferred technology of choice, namely Objective-C. Once again, this shows the growing interest in mobile development, which has been growing over the last few years.
Despite our findings, it is important to point out that the choice of a programming language should always be dependent on the markets' needs and requirements rather than the popularity of a language. Therefore, it is advisable to keep abreast with different languages.