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Blog Archive for kathysierra during June 2005

JavaOne talks are full of numbers... 1 billion JavaCards, 550 worldwide Java user groups, 912 members of the JCP, 28 J2EE compliant app servers, 45,000 Java applications for cell phones, 78% of handsets shipping in 2005 are Java-enablied, and on and on. So I thought I'd offer up a few other random metrics that might mean something. Or nothing. Non-technical stats: * Number of people waiting in...
The old optimism is still here in San Francisco. Sure we've heard it all before: the huge HUGE "opportunity" in mobile, the "renewed commitments" with other big players like IBM, and "the really interesting things", as Gosling calls them, that Sun's customers are doing with Java... but still, we can't help ourselves from suspending disbelief and getting swept away once again by the enthusiasm....
As I'm sitting here packing for JavaOne 2005, I'm remembering an event from last year that was... scary. It was one of Gilad Bracha's sessions on generics. (Gilad Bracha, remember, is Sun's "Computational Theologist" -- which means, among other things, that he interprets Java's "holy books" [his term] or, the specs.) The room was packed. A guy got up to ask a question at the microphone about...