Linked by snydeq on Fri 29th Jan 2010 15:59 UTC
Java Any doubts regarding Oracle's stewardship of Java were dispelled yesterday, as Ellison and company have made it clear that they are very interested in making Java an even stronger alternative to .Net, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister. "We have the money to invest in Java, because Java is a very profitable business for us already," said Ellison, whose plan for integrating Sun technology is ambitious, serving an even more ambitious goal: to create a soup-to-nuts tech juggernaut akin to IBM in the 1960s. Java will remain a key component of this push, with a new Java runtime, greater modularity, better support for non-Java languages, improved performance, and multicore-optimized garbage collection in the works, McAllister writes. Also revealed are plans to unify the Java SE and Java ME programming models and APIs and to enable JVM to run natively on hypervisors, allowing developers to run multiple Java instances on a single virtualized server.
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Java's problem are not technical...
by Yamin on Fri 29th Jan 2010 18:30 UTC
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Whenever people talk about improving Java, it is always in the context of technical matters. Which is all fine and dandy, but Java's biggest problems are largely non-technical.

Packaging and running. Yes there are solutions, but nothing by default. .NET application compile directly to executables/dlls. Java jars and class paths... what a pain.

No easy way (maybe desire) to take advantage of 'new' system features. It was only a few years back that Java finally released support for system tray icons... even though it has been there since windows 95... and many linux distros had it as well.

That's why I am hoping oracles pushes
"greater modularity, better support for non-Java languages"

the most.

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