Even after ten years, the Java Programming Language and Environment continue to stake out new territory. This talk will discuss some of the directions that the language, and things being built using the language, are going.
We will start by talking about some of the things that were presented at JavaOne in San Francisco. Rather than discussing the big-bang announcement items, we will try to concentrate on the small but innovative uses in the Java ecosystem that may show where the mainstream will be in the next five years.
We will then move on to talk about some of the work being done in Sun Microsystems Laboratories. In particular, we will talk about attempts to move the Java environment to the extremes. On one side, we will look at moving Java to ever smaller devices (in this case, wireless sensors). At the other, we will look at the work that is trying to build large-scale, very long-lived systems exploiting Java.