Sun shines on Jython

By now you might have already read the great news that Sun hired two key developers that work on Python and Jython. You can find out about the whole thing in Ted Leung's and Frank Wierzbicki's blogs. As a dynamic/scripting language fan I am quite excited about it. I am sure this step will raise many questions, but from my point of view it confirms that (this is my personal view on the happenings):

  • Java as a platform is way more important than Java as a language
  • Sun is very serious about dynamic languages and about providing choice
  • Sun continues investing into the open source community big way

I am sure developers will start asking soon whether NetBeans is going to support Python/Jython. Although I can't provide any timeline for the plug-in right now I think it's the next logical step. It may take some time, but we already have very good dynamic language infrastructure from the JRuby tooling project Tor is working on, so it would be a pity not to reuse it ;)

More information available through the newswire.

Comments:

I respectfully disagree big time about your first point.

Java as a language is WAY more important than anything JRuby, Jython, Groovy or JWhatever can ever accomplish.

As soon as anyone tries developing anything serious in a language without type safety and with performance that is an order of magnitude lesser than Java, I think they will have a change of heart.

I hope Sun is not losing sight of what should be its main focus: keeping both the Java language and platform the best of the best.

Posted by Jacek on březen 03, 2008 at 02:12 odp. CET #

As I said, this is my personal opinion and Sun is still investing most of its resources to Java. Btw, if you type safety, what about Scala? :)

Posted by Roman Strobl on březen 03, 2008 at 11:17 odp. CET #

Roman:
Yep, but Scala is \*almost\* as fast as Java and more statically typed, the same time being more concise. I think Java as platform is more important then as a language.
+1

Posted by jau on březen 04, 2008 at 12:00 dop. CET #

This is awesome news. I love Python. I think it's great for Sun to invest in Python. Looking forward to Netbeans support.

Posted by Markus Jais on březen 04, 2008 at 12:08 dop. CET #

From what I've seen of Scala, it's syntax looks really alien...actually awful and unreadable. Unlike Java. And I didn't see any benefits for the typical developer that would entice a shop to move it.

Focus should be on Java. That's where 95% of real development is done. And will be done for many years, especially at an enterprise level.

It's \*very nice\* that Sun is putting some effort into new languages and let's be honest, hiring two new guys is not a big drain on their budget.

But I sure hope the people at Sun are not losing focus of where the real battle is.

Posted by Jacek on březen 04, 2008 at 08:13 dop. CET #

For assembler developer Java also seems alien. Does it mean it is useless?

Posted by jau on březen 04, 2008 at 09:39 dop. CET #

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