At the Jax Conf Java conference 2013 in Silicon Valley, analyst Stephen O’Grady of RedMonk stressed that Java “still has formidable support.”

The veteran programming language is enjoying a resurgence in big data and Android apps But Java remains a force to be reckoned with. “When we talk to developers, there is still a tremendous amount of interest and a tremendous amount of vitality in the Java platform,” O’Grady said. Java still is heavily used and has been leveraged in critical new applications like the Apache Hadoop distributed computing platform, which is synonymous with the big data movement, and the Neo4J graph database. “Again, as long as these projects are still being built on Java, I can’t build a case that it’s a dying platform.”