Heroku to Java: Welcome to Our Cloud
Heroku announces support for Java on its cloud application platform that already supports Ruby, Node.js and Clojure.Heroku, a cloud application platform provider, has announced support for Java on its cloud platform. The addition of Java for Heroku adds another popular language and helps to round out the company's strategy of delivering a polyglot language platform. In May, Heroku rolled out its Celadon Cedar stack that was touted to be able to run any language.
"New Relic and Heroku have been long-standing partners and it's great to see them expand their multi-language platform with support for Java, said Bill Lapcevic, vice president of business development at New Relic. "This puts Heroku in a key position to serve Salesforce.com's developer audience as their platforms are largely Java- based. It also puts Heroku on the same playing field with existing solutions like Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. I expect there will be a significant uptake from enterprise developers looking for easy deployment and multi-language support for their critical apps."Wiggins said Heroku chose Java for obvious reasons of its popularity but also because it is a solid language for building Web apps. However, Java is not without criticism and "baggage,' he said. As reasons for adopting Java, Wiggins listed:
- The JVM is one of the best runtime VMs in the world, offering fast performance and a reliable memory footprint over time.
- Java boasts an estimated population of six million developers, with a vast ecosystem of tools, libraries, frameworks and literature. It is the most mature and established programming language for building server-side applications in existence today.
- Born at the beginning of the Internet age, Java began with the goal of "write once, run anywhere." Though it took a long time to get there, this goal has been largely achieved. The universal JVM runtime environment is available on an incredibly wide range of platforms and offers near-perfect portability between those platforms with no changes in application code, and even build artifacts are binary-compatible.