JAVA undoubtedly brought about revolutions in so many fields. Oracle proudly declares that millions of devices run with JAVA. The academic world loves C, C++ and JAVA equally for the ongoing researches in so may fields of science and engineering.
To get my hands dirty with the first few programs in JAVA, I downloaded eclipse - the most popular Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for JAVA. I hope to come up with some samples soon.
For now, to elaborate "why java?", an excerpt from java site:
Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. It is the underlying technology that powers state-of-the-art programs including utilities, games, and business applications. Java runs on more than 850 million personal computers worldwide, and on billions of devices worldwide, including mobile and TV devices.