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"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)

Might Shortage of Advanced Java Developers Reach As High As 50% By 2003?

(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 availability. 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)

"Let's Bundle Free Java with Linux," Says IBM's Sutor

"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)

IBM Has Widened Its Lead Over BEA, Gartner Confirms

How Long Can BEA Survive Against IBM? IBM Says, "We're Extending Our Lead Against BEA!" 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 previous year. The figures, especially bearing in mind that the total market fell in 2003 by ... (more)

Ellison: Acquisition Strategy "Only Way to Survive"

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)