By stern on Aug 09, 2009
Years ago, it felt like there were strong forces for convergence around languages, tools, and repositories. Sun was a vibrant participant in those discussions, with "Java" often the answer preceding the question. Sometime around 2001, that attempt at compression reached the Chandrasekhar limit, at least in terms of things like WS-\* (thanks, Tim). The only things that result from such strong nuclear forces are supernovae and black holes.
Computer scientists have always invented new languages, grammars, and tools as the state of the art has evolved; new languages that fit the way data and applications will be deployed to clouds, or deployed with greater agility, are just natural evolution. NetBeans has evolved as well, no longer a "Java tool" and much more reflective of the richer state of the state, whether it's clouds, collaborative development sites, languages, or build tools.