Java is a popular programming language which is used for a huge variety of purposes, being the main ones creating video games and creating applications and programs for productivity in enterprises or similar job-related environments. But, did you know Java can also be used for 3D design modeling?
Java uses something called application programming interface or Java 3D API, which gives the programmers a variety of tools to create and build 3D models, as well as huge world environments that can be created thanks to the great possibilities of world rendering of Java.
One of the best things about Java is that is a programming code that can be run anywhere. This is something the Java developers show proudly since as long as you install Java on your computer you can run Java-based programs, no matter if you are using Windows, Linux, Mac-OS or Android. Specially Java Windows 10 running applications have great performance on the latest releases.
The Java 3D API was particularly built focused on multiple aims. The main one is to guarantee great performance and they have done a huge amount of changes in the past to make this happen.
Some of the other aims are:
Provide programmers the needed tools to create full of details 3D world environments, with engaging properties.
Serve the developers with tools that allow them to go in-depth with high-level object oriented possibilities so that they can create high quality applications quickly and deploy them with ease anywhere.
Giving Java a great variety of compatible file forms such as CAD and VRML.
The Java 3D API also has different rendering modes, Let's take a look at them here:
Immediate Mode: Intended to render all the programming objects at one object per time. A Java program should give Java 3D a drawing methodology with a compilation of forms such as triangles and lines to be lately rendered by the high-speed Java 3D motor. This methodology can be customized in detail to the likes of the developer.
Retained Mode: This mode will ask for a scene graph where the situation will happen while giving an explanation about which of the objects should get rendered during the execution. This scene graph is used to give some explanation about these objects as well as how the program is gonna animate them.
Compiled-Retained Mode: Similar to the previous mode, but with some additions. During the scene graph load it can appear a different scene graph. This mode is known for having better performance compared to other modes.
Java 3D designs were intended to target specific hardware platforms, we are talking about cheap low performance graphic cards and intermediate level computers, as well as some of the best and most advanced 3D images creators.
When referring to games designed with Java 3D, we can surely say that most game creators are looking for specifically targeted hardware software, meaning they focus on a specific class of devices.
This is because this type of software makes the performance top on almost every case.
As previously mentioned, Java is intended to target different types of hardware, but at the same time keeps a performance almost as high as the one on specifically targeted hardware software.
But to be fair, Java feels at the moment like it´s slowly decaying on popularity in 3D design, however, it's often said that Java has died and resurrected multiple times and that is simply because it never really dies.
Either way, the Java developers have said at some point that they were working on creating something that could be a new programming language, based of course on the current Java but with a lot of updated features that are not possible to run on the current Java. So there are a lot of reasons to think of a future full of Java related applications. After all, the first operating system at the moment on smartphones, Android, is based on Java for the most part, as well as most of the applications are either directly or indirectly built on Java based software.
In conclusion, Java is at the end of the day one of the best programming languages to learn about and study, and it has for sure a bright future ahead.