Chapter 3: Crown Jewels
Chapter 3 looks at Java's innate strengths, though it concludes those strengths may not be today what they once were. Bruce Tate writes "I get enormous productivity jolts out of Java's incredible community, and countless open source projects. The open standards and the JVM mean that my knowledge, and my applications, can move from place to place. Java's been tremendously successful. You've seen my views about why it was popular. If you're to understand what might possibly come after Java, you need to ask questions about Java's continued success:
* What makes Java hip, and draw such a wide variety of people?
* How has the open source community thrived, in times, despite Sun and the power vendors?
* What are the indispensable technical underpinnings that make Java successful?
* What makes Java so adaptable that programmers can build everything from web sites to databases?"