re: Java is niche? I disagree strongly. It might be (falsely so) considered legacy by some, but it is by no means niche. Java is now, with microservice...

I would also like to add Quarkus. I am not very experienced but It looks really awesome to me. with graalVM and quarkus, we can now make native java executable and size of these executable are very small compared to JAR. It's performance will also be better since it is machine code instead of byte code. The startup time is also very fast, which is important for microservices in some cases.

Best of all, we can use same API's like JPA, CDI etc. so an experienced java developer can get easily started with quarkus.

Do check it out - quarkus.io/

Absolutely true.
In one of my clients projects we are using Quarkus and migrate quite a few webservices to it currently.
The performance and minimal overhead of the resulting native binaries is amazing.
It takes quite a bit of modification to the typical CI-Chain, but if you get it to run smoothly, the results are astonishing.

If you want, I could write up a little article about it here

yeah, I would love it.

It will be very helpful as there is relatively less material available on quarkus.

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