There is a big chance of encountering ads and notifications popping up to install the latest JAVA update. Some might think it is a bother because it distracts them from whatever it is they are doing. Others just ignore them completely. However, it is important to actually pay attention to these notifications because these updates might just be the ones that will help systems work properly. But what is JAVA exactly and what benefits can one get if they have their JAVA updated to the latest version?

What Exactly is JAVA?

JAVA is a programming language used to allow a number of websites and applications to work. It is a computing platform that is heavily depended on by different devices. Whether these devices are for individual usage such as laptops and game stations, or for mass usage such as supercomputers and the internet itself, JAVA is an important part for a system to work properly. Moreover, consumers mostly rely on accessing websites and certain applications and without JAVA, these cannot be accessed at all and that is a problem for those who use their devices for work or school.

Importance of Updating JAVA

As someone who is on three different devices on the daily, I always need to update the latest versions of JAVA. Without updating it, I would not be able to access some websites. I would not be able to open applications that need this kind of computing platform which in turn hinders me from doing what I need to do. So, no matter how inconvenient these pop ups might be, I always read what it says so that I know whether it is important to update to the latest version or not. As a side note, If your kid is interested in learning how to code, there is a free coding bootcamp in Seattle by the company Seattle CoderDojo. Be sure to check that out.

The Benefits of JAVA

Most people would question what kind of benefits they would get if they constantly update their JAVA software. Firstly, performance of applications will be enhanced and applications that are supported by JAVA will be more stable and secure. And most importantly, these updates are for free and there is no need for any subscription payments.

After downloading the software, the JRE or the Java Runtime Environment will be installed and this programming language will help run different web browsers. It is important to have web browsers working properly after all. Without the internet, I would not be able to get anything done. But of course, before fully installing JAVA and its plug-ins, it is important to note that older versions should be uninstalled first. This way, the older versions will not be able to run systems. Older versions are not as secure as the latest versions and keeping them installed could prevent the new versions from securing the systems properly.

When it comes to software applications, JAVA is definitely one that is essential in order for systems to work. Without JAVA, I would not be able to use my browsers in an efficient manner and I would not be able to use certain applications that I might need. With that in mind, it is important to install JAVA. Moreover, JAVA should be constantly monitored so that the most recent version would be installed to maximize its capabilities.

Cascading Style Sheets are text files with a .css extension containing style sheets. CSS and Hypertext Markup Language are the core technologies for building web pages. The former is the aural and visual layout for different devices. While HTML allows display of texts and words on web pages, CSS gives those texts and words, colors, fonts, styles and layout.

Understanding CSS

CSS is a simple language for design to simplify the creation of presentable web pages, handling the feel and appearance of the content. It allows control of the text displayed, specifies spacing between the paragraphs, how letters and words are sized, what background images they would have, and a lot more.

Norwegian software engineer and web pioneer Hakon Wium Lie invented CSS on October 10, 1994. The language is maintained by the CSS Working Group in the World Wide Web Consortium or W3C that creates specifications which, when approved by the W3C members, become recommendations. W3C is the group that gives recommendations on how the internet works and should evolve.

What’s Good About CSS

CSS is easy to learn and is mostly combined with markup languages XHTML and HTML. Knowing CSS saves you time as you can write it once, then reuse the sheet in other pages since you can define a style of one HTML element and apply that same style to other pages.

Mark up languages and CSS are light so web pages can load faster. They are easy to maintain as well. For instance, you want to change some size of all your fonts, you just need to do just that in the style sheet and all the elements in your web pages will be automatically updated to the new style.

Compared to HTML, CSS has more attributes so you can give your page a far better look. Furthermore, it enjoys compatibility with multiple devices and support from most browsers.

As an example, check out the following HTML document:

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html>

<head>

<title>CSS Sample</title>

<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”mystyle.css”>

</head>

<body>

<h1>Hello World!</h1>

<p>This is a sample paragraph</p>

</body>

</html>

Here is the CSS file, mystyle.css:

h1 {

color: blue;

background-color: yellow;

border: 1px solid black;

}

p {

color: red;

}

The HTML document above specified through the link tag on the 5th line, the CSS file associated with it.  Then, inside the CSS file are two rules – on how the h1 and p elements should appear.

Mystyle.css says the words embedded with h1 in the HTML document, which is “Hello World!” should be colored blue, with a yellow background and a 1pixel solid black border. The paragraph “This is a sample paragraph” in between <p> and </p> should be displayed in red.

Though the example above gives a very simple appearance to the HTML document, it shows how CSS basically works. In advanced applications, CSS makes really beautiful and attractive websites.

The web itself contains ample information about HTML and CSS.  Anyone can learn these simple languages through online tutorials, free classes and forums even without a formal background in computer programming.