Despite its age, Java still remains one of the most popular choices among developers, having made it through almost 20 years of constant improvements and having developed a full stack of libraries for enterprise systems. As we are living in a fast-paced industry, we cannot deny that many things have changed in the last few years with the introduction of containers, microservices, reactive applications, and cloud platforms. To remain a first-class citizen in this changing world, Java needs a boost. And we, at Red Hat, believe that this boost can be Quarkus!
Quarkus has been designed from the ground up to be a Kubernetes-native Java framework that is a perfect fit for creating microservice applications with a minimal memory footprint and fast execution. At the same time, Quarkus does not dump the rich set of libraries, such as Hibernate, and REST services that most developers are familiar with. On the contrary, they are part of a larger picture that includes the game-changing MicroProfile API, reactive programming models such as Vert.x, and a ton of other features that can be easily plugged into your services.
Quarkus provides an effective solution for running Java in this new world of serverless, microservices, containers, Kubernetes, Function as a Service (FaaS), and the cloud because it has been designed with these in mind. Its container-first approach to cloud-native Java applications unifies imperative and reactive programming paradigms for microservices development and offers an extensible set of standards-based enterprise Java libraries and frameworks combined with extreme developer productivity that promises to revolutionize the way we develop in Java.