Mobile development on Java lets developers build cross-platform apps

By Karin Kelley, on


Java was first released to the public in 1995 and is now running on more than 2.5 billion devices worldwide, according to Oracle. The platform was originally designed to run on set-top boxes, but the team at Sun Microsystems — which is now a part of Oracle — retooled the software to work with the World Wide Web. Their goal was to design apps that could work across multiple platforms, browsers and devices.

Today, Java is still prevalent in desktop, enterprise server and mobile development initiatives, as it affords enterprises a seamless and coherent development process.

Using Java Development Kit for mobile development

The Java Development Kit, a subset of the Java Software Development Kit, is a programming development environment for writing Java apps and applets. It consists of a Java Virtual Machine that sits on top of the operating system and other tools that enable developers to write, compile, debug and run apps and applets written in Java. Apps created with the Java Development Kit can run on any device or operating system, including mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows phones.

Streamlining Java-based development for cross-platform functionality

Once the mobile Java app is built with the Java Development Kit, enterprises are faced with optimizing app functions and usability on an ongoing basis. To do this, developers can take advantage of third-party modular development and management tools through APIs or Java adapters. With these platforms, developers can fine-tune apps and the user experience through the following features:

  • In-app user feedback and crash analysis reporting
  • Security vulnerability detection and app scanning during development and deployment
  • Mobile access and social analytics
  • Location- and rules-based access policy creation
  • Real-time push notifications
  • Data encryption at rest or in flight
  • Hybrid cloud, DevOps and on-premises functionality

Though many third-party mobile development and management platforms can work with multiple programming languages, the fact is that Java is still the most prevalent in the market. By enabling the vast army of Java engineers with cross-platform development and management tools, enterprises can enable an increasingly mobile workforce, customer base and partner base faster and more efficiently with mobile development platforms that can translate Java applications for any OS and device. These platforms are designed to take advantage of the capabilities of increasingly powerful mobile devices and are flexible enough to enable developers to adapt to rapid changes in those technologies, as well as business requirements, in a fast-paced mobile world.

About The Author

Karin Kelley

Independent Analyst & Writer

Karin is an independent industry analyst and writer, with over 10 years experience in information technology. She focuses on cloud infrastructure, hosted applications and services, end user computing and related systems management software and services. She spent nearly eight years at 451 Research, where she spearheaded coverage on emerging desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) markets. She has extensive expertise in enterprise infrastructure software and services, as well as a deep understanding of SMB, MSP and hosting markets.

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