"One measure of the success of a programming language is how
readily it is embraced by academia. Java has come a long way
since its introduction by Sun Microsystems in 1995, and it is now
proving itself in the halls of colleges and universities around the
"Java is well on the way to becoming the predominate
instructional programming language. The significance of this cannot
be overstated--training our future computer scientists,
programmers, and IT (information technology) executives in Java
will lead to even more acceptance of the language in society at
large, putting Java solidly at the forefront of many IT
"The Gartner Group first studied the prevalence of Java in U.S.
college and university curricula in late 1997, finding at the time
that Java had made a sizable impact in this area. Today Java
continues to grow in importance in computer science programs, while
C++, the previous mainstay of CS instructional languages, is on the
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