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Now that Oracle has bought or Sun (or nearly so), any predictions on what effect this will have on Java? Will Oracle leave to whither on the vine (please, please pretty please!), or put more effort into it? What about some of the newer things like JavaFX (sort of Java's answer to WPF as I understand it)?
Any reason this might fall apart? If it does, what happens to Sun then?
JavaFX (sort of Java's answer to WPF as I understand it)
That's what I initially assumed at well.
Well, I think you should already know this stuff, but ... if anything happens to the Sun, we're all fairly much screwed. There's that whole Earth into darkness thing, freezing to death, plants and animals all die. I suppose you could tunnel to Earth's core, it might take several million years for it to completely freeze over and die; maybe ...
... and I honestly don't see Java helping much with this, I mean, a hot cup of coffee under those conditions won't stay hot for long ...
My guess would be that Oracle will (or at least what I would do );
1) Review the intellectual property (IP) to determine if there are any licensing opportunities.
2) Look for someone to buy Java (Perhaps IBM to add to Eclipse, Adobe or Microsoft to kill it)
3) Release it as open source and drop internal development.
4) Look at using Java as a interface tool for MySQL and Oracle - not likely.
A related question is what is going to happen to MySQL? Oracle has a vested interest in killing MySQL, which may have been the reason for acquiring Sun. Even though MySQL is open source, Oracle could make it progressively less useful.
2) Look for someone to buyer Java (Perhaps IBM to add to Eclipse, Adobe or Microsoft to kill it)
A lot of rational tools are built around eclipse, if necessary to keep the codebase alive I suspect they'd run the bidding up really high. (Personally I think the rational links are good reason to kill eclipse off.)
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i hope they release more Java updates, and maybe add some more crapware to the update installer. getting all those opportunities to install the Yahoo toolbar is nice, but i think it'd be even better if i could have the chance to install some other junkware, too - maybe Real could get a piece of the action?
Since, AFAIK, Java was Open Sourced[^], I'd say that the language life cycle will remain the same, being developed by the Java Community Process[^]. As for enterprise tools, I think Oracle will drive the platform so that it can easily integrate to data-centric applications and perhaps with their Oracle for Applications ERP.
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