"This was another amazing JavaOne," wrote James Gosling in his first
post-conference blog. "It was also the weirdest: between the Oracle
situation, the global meltdown, and the financial situation, it was very
different." Sun nearly panicked, Gosling admits, fearing that "no one would
show up. Almost every company that usually sends a crowd of people to JavaOne
had travel restrictions that meant that few could attend." But all went well
in the end.
The pending Oracle-Sun acquisition cast a shadow over areas of the event,
such as the normally intense press and analyst activity:
"The press, of course, was weird this year: we did few interviews, mostly
because there was only one topic they wanted to ask about, and there was
nothing we could say."
"Our lineup of new technologies was great," Gosling affirmed. "JDK7 is
looking wonderful; JavaFX reached another release mil... (more)
(July 19, 2002) - Less than 50% of the job market demand for efficient Java
developers will be satisfied by 2003, according to the Gartner Group,
indicating that the demand for Java developers is much higher than the actual
One of the main reasons for this is that developers experience an initial
decreased level of productivity when migrating from other languages such as
COBOL and RAD/4GL to Java. The leap, in many cases, is just too demanding.
"Due to the steep learning curve, less than 50% of the job market demand for
efficient Java developers will be satisfied by... (more)
"If you could get every Linux distribution with an official, certified Java
implementation where you could count on what it did, what its characteristics
were, that would be a very powerful thing," said IBM's Bob Sutor last week,
as a follow-up to Sun's dismissal - as "bonky" - of his suggestion that IBM
and Sun should team up on open-sourcing Java.
When asked who would provide such a Linux-Java distribution, Sutor replied
that this was precisely one of the things IBM wants to talk to Sun about.
Sutor disagrees with Sun's Jonathan Schwartz that Java would fork just as
Linux has do... (more)
How Long Can BEA Survive Against IBM? IBM Says, "We're Extending Our Lead
As predicted in the May issue of JDJ, the proprietary application server
market is being dominated more then ever before by IBM, with BEA's share
slipping for the second successive year.
IBM's share in 2003, according to the annual study released this week by
analyst Gartner Dataquest, hit 41.3% ($429.7 million) "up from 36.4% in
2002," while BEA's slumped to 27.5% ($286.2 million), down from 29% the
The figures, especially bearing in mind that the total market fell in 2003 by ... (more)
During testimony yesterday in the antitrust trial challenging Oracle's
proposed takeover of PeopleSoft, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison defended the
company's $7.7 billion bid for PeopleSoft Inc. as a bold but necessary move
to ensure Oracle's survival in a highly competitive market.
"We thought the only way we could survive and prosper was through an
acquisition strategy," Ellison testified before the crowded courtroom in San
Francisco. "Oracle had to consider a strategy we had never considered before.
If we wanted to survive and grow," the company decided, "we will have to
start an ac... (more)