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Market-leading public cloud Amazon Web Services today introduced an interesting update to the Lambda event-driven computing service it introduced last year. Now Lambda supports good old Java, and not only the hip Node.js server-side JavaScript framework.

The news answers one question people had about Lambda — how accessible it will be to developers, and how soon. But Amazon isn’t stopping at Java.

“This is the first in a series of additional language options that we plan to make available to Lambda developers,” Amazon Web Services chief evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post on the news today.

Lambda represents a possible future for computing in a public cloud. The service gives developers a sort of rules engine that abstracts away the underlying computing and storage that’s conventionally required.


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And as Lambda becomes available for more languages, it stands to help the Amazon cloud look a bit more attractive than others, like Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform. And the model could also entice developers who are used to on-premises infrastructure.

For now, there are new Lambda libraries for Java developers to explore. Barr’s blog post provides an overview.

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