Nawlins and Java
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Java Posse and developerWorks. More than one seemed to question the longevity of Java. Both IBM and the Java Posse have some great dialog on the subject:
The takeaway ... Java and the Java language are not always synonymous. The legacy of Java is likely to be ensured by the JVM rather than the language, which may simply evolve with the community in various forms such as Groovy, Jython, or perhaps JRuby.