Why is Sun losing a fortune? Because no one wants to buy their expensive server hardware when dirt cheap commodity boxes do the job as well.
They are not alone, hardly anyone is making money off hardware these days.
What does the Sun financial results mean for Java? No one can know. Sun is dead, perhaps the Oracle deal will go through. Perhaps Oracle will care about Java. Perhaps Oracle will not put a penny into Java. No one knows except the folks at Oracle, and they are not talking.
But Java is bigger than Sun. IBM is pouring tons of money into it.
And when Java craters, as pascal, bliss, smalltalk and zillions of other languages before it, we'll move on to the next great thing and say "man, how could we have been so stupid to think Java was cool when it didn't do X and Y or Z."
Muse Ran wrote:download all latest versions of java products at the earliest.. otherwise will cost you more..
The JVM or JDK will never cost money any more, or developers will stop using Java and switch to other, free solutions. Once people get something for free, it's hard to make them start paying for the same thing.
Once people get something for free, it's hard to make them start paying for the same thing.
Maybe, but isn't such thing among the most popular marketing tactics? Play for free and when you like it you must pay for it to use. People played Java for many years and they like it very much, if they would have to pay I think they will. It's a matter of force of habit. And I don't think you can just jump to another framework leaving Java behind, it's too rooted in a whole todays IT in many ways.