[Note: this article by the excellent John K Waters appeared originally on ADTmag.com]
Scala developers are outpacing Java developers when it comes to microservices adoption, they're embracing cloud-native more strongly, and devs from both camps think containers have enormous potential to disrupt the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) landscape. Those are some of the findings of a survey of more than 2,100 JVM developers published today by Lightbend (formerly known as Typesafe), the chief commercial backer of the open source Scala project.
The survey, entitled "Enterprise Development Trends 2016," gathered the responses of 2,151 JVM developers from around the world working in large companies (more than 5,000 employees), medium-sized organizations (200-5,000), and small enterprises (fewer than 200). The survey was open to all JVM language developers, but 44 percent claimed Java applications in production, 77 percent claimed Scala apps, and some claimed both.
The survey results seem to indicate that lightweight containers are "democratizing infrastructure," the authors concluded, "challenging the old guard of Java EE app servers."
"The fragile model of bundling services into JARs and EAR files on app servers for isolation is rapidly giving way to the much more refined foundation of service isolation through Linux Containers ...," they wrote. 57 percent of survey respondents said they believe that containers will "disrupt the JVM landscape."
Among the survey's other findings:
Scala is a type-safe language for the JVM. The company's Lightbend Reactive Platform combines a number of the company's products to supports the development of reactive applications on the JVM in both Scala and Java. Conceptualized in the "Reactive Manifesto," which was co-authored by Lightbend CTO and co-founder Jonas Bonér, reactive applications are apps that better meet the "contemporary challenges of software development" in a world in which applications are deployed to everything from mobile devices to cloud-based clusters running thousands of multicore processors.
The complete results from the "Enterprise Development Trends 2016" survey are available here upon providing registration info.