The dwindling fortunes of SUN and all the stars in its portfolios are not able to shine out all the rumors of eminent collapse of the stars in SUN’s uniform. Rumors also say that the sinking ship will take down Java along with it.Industry will abandon ship to stay afloat in the technology market.I say that ain’t gonna happen .Java is not about a programming language. Its a platform. Its a ecosystem which has evolved and continues to do so since the past decade.Its the “Windows platform” of the enterprise application development.Its the COBOL in the making. Their is hell lot of scope for improvements and extensibility with SUN open sourcing Java. And natures law governs the technology industry too i.e. Only the adaptable will survive. Take a good look at the organisms that have evolved within the Java ecosystem. You have solutions ranging from embedded platforms to high-end scientific number crunching systems..From mobile phones to handheld devices, games and navigation systems to e-business solutions, Java is everywhere! It has penetrated almost every platform in the industry. Back in 1991, when the “Green Team” believed that the next wave in computing was the union of digital consumer devices and computers, they created the Java platform to fulfil their vision.
Mr. Duke is not a dinosaur that will disappear overnight.
Such dynamism and excitement (both wanted and unwanted, Good and bad) for software platform has not been visible for any other platform in the technology industry.
In fact I see a better Java in near future when it will fall into open source community’s lap and will thrive like a legend.