The Future of Java-Polyglot Programming

DIKU-Talk by Thorbiörn Fritzon, Sun Microsystems


Where will Java be in ten years? Will it survive or will it be replaced by .NET or Ruby on Rails and similar super-productive frameworks? Will Java be the next Cobol, an embaressing legacy languages with huge maintenance costs and no future? Will all money and time we've invested in learning Java only go to waste? This talk outlines Sun's bet on the future of Java and what we as Java Community can do to adapt to the future.

Java SE 7 looks like it will mark a completely new era for Java. Numerous changes are being proposed and worked feverishly on by several parties: a complete modularization of the platform together with support for modules in the Java language, new support for foreign programming languages, changes to the Java language itself, a completely new garbage collector and other things that could change the face of Java quite radically. In this session, we'll take a close look at the state of the java union, what will be included and not in JDK 7, what the new features look like and what all the new languages running on the JVM will mean for the Java platform.


Thorbiörn Fritzon started programming Java back in 1995 and hasn't stopped yet. Since 1999

he has been a Java Architect at un Microsystems in Sweden and spokesperson in Java and software development issues. Thorbiörn writes books and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events. His hobby is programming languages of which he has a huge collection.

Host: Fritz Henglein

All are welcome.