Well begun!

Though some have been grumbling right from its launch I think the new initiative of a community place is a welcome step. Moreover, I think the fact that it is “blessed by SUN” will add to the likelihood of it becoming the “new central meeting place”. Now, I don’t wish to undermine the feeling here that the other existing communities should not be ignored in the effort. However, its still early days to comment on its outcome.

And I am very optimistic on all this development. As Sun Director Ingrid Hoogen told  Sue Spielman:

The Developer community needs to feel cool again. It’s time to get excited and bring the energy level back up and the infusion back in the community.

I am also looking forward to the new tool, code-named Project Rave, which is intended to make writing enterprise Java applications  easier for developers using the JavaServer Faces technology.

Another new site www.java.com has a catchy look and rightly intended to “appeal to the masses” and attract them to the stronghold. The new Java logo looks pretty nice too. This, together with the “Java Powered” branding campaign may or may not surface as the heralding of a new era but it certainly is a new chapter in Java. A chapter well begun.

Changing, for better

Bruce Eckel says that the Java team is clearly not ignoring the threat of C# as Microsoft ignored Linux and open source for so long. Joshua Bloch, a Senior Architect at Sun Microsystems, told him in an interview that

…along with the new features already on the list for “Tiger” (JDK 1.5), including true enumerations, autoboxing, and generics (templates), they are adding attributes, something (along with autoboxing) taken directly from C#, because it’s a good idea.

I think there is something for the fellow programmers to feel good about it! BTW, Josh also said that JDK1.5 would probably be the last big change to Java after JDK1.2 which saw the arrival of Swing and new Collections API.

Redefining course with open source

They sure have difference of opinion. Open source has been “evil” for Microsoft. Then they acknowledged that it was a problem for them. Now Steve Ballmer is on record saying :

Innovation is not something that is easy to do in the kind of distributed environment that the open-source/Linux world works in…our customers have seen a lot more innovation from us than they have seen from that community.

On the other hand, Sun Microsystems seems to have learnt few lessons. Paul Andrews informs that Sun and Oracle have thrown “their collective weight behind the inexpensive x86-based (Intel chip and clone) servers running Linux or Sun’s Unix-based Solaris”. He further adds:

Sun wants first of all to make sure it loses none of its well-heeled clients to IBM, a big Linux supporter, or to Dell Computer servers running the hated Microsoft Windows. Second, the alliance would like to lure as many Windows-based businesses to a Sun-Oracle solution as possible.

The alliance indeed seems formidable.