Kory, Robert, and All,|
I agree with Kory that MSFT is going to play a dominant role in our lives. I don't suppose anyone happened to see the Newsweek article from about 2 months ago? It spoke of the 21st Century as being "The Microsoft Cenutry." The author went on to talk about Microsoft being the most powerful force since the Roman Empire....
Anyway, with Java, ever hear of MSFT's public slogan, "embrace and extend." Behind the scenes, think of it more like, "embrace and demolish," "divide and conquer," etc.
Obviously Robert, you aren't versed on what MSFT is doing with Java. I don't feel like writing an essay, but in short, they are fragmenting it so that Java's "write once, run anywhere" slogan won't hold true (this is similar to what has happened to UNIX). What they are doing, is optimizing Java for Windows--making it BETTER for Windows, so that Windows extends its dominance.
And BTW, MSFT plans to be number one in Java development tools. In fact, they just announced their Java foundation class libraries (which are basically like Legos, that are put together to buils Java apps.). For more, go to news.com