How to Get the Most out of Your Java Application


Java applications can be complicated beasts. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use solid techniques and strategies to get better performance, insights, and efficiency from them. So if your business depends on Java to accomplish your core outcomes, use the following tips to get the most out of Java apps:

Response Times

One of the best gauges of an application’s health is its response time. If you have ever had an app or your entire computer freeze up on you, you know how frustrating it can be. Computer applications are written to perform tasks quickly and efficiently. So response time is a direct measurement of how quickly an application is responding to requests.

Source: Measure the Response Time of Your Computer



But for businesses, you likely have Java apps controlling certain web connections, accounting software, and communication platforms that would wreak havoc if they froze up. Analyzing this metric over time allows you to create a performance baseline, and deviations from this baseline may indicate that something is wrong—either with the load being processed by the server, or there could be an internal issue.

Source: How to Monitor Your Java Application

Security

Java is less exploitable than its higher level cousins like Ruby or JavaScript. This is because it is a lower level language. It gives you greater control over how many other apps or users can manage or change the code.

However, this is only useful if your IT team knows how to wield Java properly. If you don’t understand how you are vulnerable, then cyber criminals can sneak in the back door. Be sure to set up firewalls and monitor connections all the time to allow access only to those who are qualified. This also applies to staying up to date on code changes and new branches in the platform. Speaking of which:

Source: Understanding the Java Security Model

Branching and Integration

As Java grows every year, it has new versions and branches of these versions. Each one has its own unique qualities. Depending on if speed, security, or integration is your focus, you may opt to move to the new version or maintain your legacy code.

Understand that upgrading can give you benefits like syncing up with modern web apps. For instance, if your backend analytics program runs Java it might want to pull from your social media or marketing channels to analyze that data in real. It might be wise to run different version of Java for marketing, finance, and security at once.

Source: The Future of Java

Using Java is a smart move in many respects. It can often be faster, more agile, and more friendly to use than similar languages. However, once your applications are up and running they need to be maintained and improved. If you don’t do this, you could run into all kinds of problems with updates, performances, and security.

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