Reports of Java's death are greatly exaggerated. -Mark Twain
OK, I'm paraphrasing, but you get the idea. It's been nearly two decades since the popular programming language was born, and like any teenager, Java technology may be going through some changes -- many of them substantial -- but it still has plenty of life left in it. With that in mind, developerWorks is taking a good long look at Java technology, starting with our Java platform roundtable: Editor Jenni Aloi gathers some of the leading thinkers in the Java community and gets their take on the state of the industry -- where it stands and where it's headed. And as we contemplate the future, we also take time to explore the upcoming (and much-anticipated) release of Java SE 7; Chris Bailey takes a look at a few of the enhancements to the language, and discusses some of the value that IBM adds to the spec. (This podcast interview with Trent Gray-Donald sheds even more light on Java 7.) And be sure to swing by our Java technology zone, where you'll find a vast library of resources, including Java developer kits and the new 5 things you didn't know about... series, which covers Java programming from unique angles to give you a more complete sense of its potential.
I could continue comparing the Java platform to adolescents, but that might be too painful for those of you who actually live with teens.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
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