Reading the latest embedded software market survey highlights from VDC Research I was surprised to note two data points indicating new upward momentum for Java as an embedded software development language.
First, of those survey respondents using an operating system on their current project 11% indicated that a Java Virtual Machine is required in their product. Second, Java was selected as the fifth most used language for firmware development at 14% of respondents (behind C, assembly, C++, and Matlab, in that order).
This is an interesting trend. My regular readers will note that I have written and spoken about Java in embedded systems since 1997 and that I declared Java “dead” in the embedded realm about 18 months ago.