An IBM research report shares continued popularity and predictions for the Java programming language in 2018:

http://www.eweek.com/development/ibm-outlines-prospects-for-java-in-2018

There may be no more pervasive computer code anywhere in the world than Java, created by Dr. James Gosling and his team at Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s and released in 1995 as a core component of Sun’s Java Platform.

Java is a general-purpose computer programming language that is concurrent, class-based, object-oriented and specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. This is why it has not been passed by despite so many advancements in IT during the 23 years it has been a major factor in the IT world.  It’s everywhere–in virtually every mobile device, server, IT system and network. Java applications are typically compiled to bytecode that can run on any Java virtual machine (JVM) regardless of computer architecture.

KEY PREDICTIONS for 2018
1.Will remain one of most Popular Languages in the World
2.2018 will be the year of Eclipse Foundation
3.Java convergence with containers will become more common & seamless
4.Kotlin will become the next hot language with Java Interoperability
5.New 6 month release model will drive faster innovation
6.Serverless platforms will begin a major reshaping of Java