January 24, 2003
The Future of Java?

More heat than light, as usual, over at Slashdot.

Still, the Salon editorial, Is there hope for Java? is an interesting read, covering the history of Microsoft's attempts to kill Java off.

TIOBE's Programming Community Index is total rubbish, though. RPG on the way up? I'm a iSeries (a.k.a AS/400) developer, and I know that this is way wrong. Python on the way down? Far from it. Where did they get these figures? What did they google on?

My take on the future of Java is that it's bright, so long as the competition from .NET is taken seriously. A bit of healthy competition never does any harm, and Sun needed a bit of a kick in the arse - Java has been static for too long. C# fas some nice features, and Java needs to steal them.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at January 24, 2003 12:55 PM
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