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Oracle and the Future of Java August 26, 2010

Posted by ddouthitt in Industry, Java, JVM Languages.
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Oracle recently filed suit against Google over their use of Java and their rebuilding of the Java APIs to suit the Android environment. This has people wondering about the future of Java, and what it means for Java implementations such as Apache Harmony and others.

I’ve always felt that Java fell short of being object-oriented, which was a shame: it should have been fully object-oriented – i.e., without primitive types for one. It also has been very wordy, with some declarations requiring four or more keywords to declare.

This is why the new languages that run on the Java Virtual Machine (or JVM) will start to come into their own. There are some well-known and powerful players that will grow (such as Scala, Clojure, JRuby, and others) and some not so well-known (such as Armed Bear Common Lisp and Erjang).

Since truly diving into the alternative JVM languages, I’ve truly become excited about what they have to offer. To me, the most interesting are Scala and ABCL – but who knows what knew things will come out down the line?