Sun shines on Jython
By Roman Strobl on III 03, 2008
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 ;)
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