HelloWorld from San Francisco Sunday Sept. 19, 2010
By Tori Wieldt-Oracle on Sep 19, 2010
By Janice J. Heiss
This will be my 11th JavaOne. I can remember sitting down with Kim Polese, who I believe is still CEO of SpikeSource, but was then a Sun Product Manager in charge of publicizing this new software called "Java," sometime around 1997 and listening to her describe the history of Java, which was initially planned for use with set-top boxes, but had been adapted for use on this new thing, the Internet, because of its amazing interoperability. My head was spinning as she spoke (and has never stopped spinning). Scott McNealy had given some of Sun's most gifted minds the freedom to experiment and play, to read the tea leaves and interpret the prevailing winds and see where technology should or might be headed. James Gosling, Bill Joy and company let their imaginations loose for a year or so until McNealy told them it was time for Project Oak, as it was then called, to come to fruition.
And here we are:
* 3 billion mobile phones run Java.
* 5 billion Java Cards are in use.
* 5 of the top 5 mobile phone manufacturers ship with Java.
* 97% of enterprise desktops run Java.
* 80 million TV devices run Java.
* There are 9 million Java developers worldwide.
* Java remains the #1 choice for developers.
These stats, which I admit are rather overwhelming, are worth contemplating at the moment. There is enormous momentum and energy pushing the platform forward and while some will be displeased by the direction it takes, the power and utility of the platform is not in question.
And the enormous talent pool found in Java developers and creativity at work both in and outside of the open-source community is awesome and shows no sign of slowing down.
I'm buckling in for the ride. Should be a special JavaOne this year.... See you there!