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Posted by editor on March 14, 2008 at 8:04 AM PDT

Even more languages on the JVM

One event that went by last week -- not necessarily front-page-worthy, but definitely bloggable -- was Sun's announcement that it has hired Python developers Ted Leung and Frank Wierzbicki. Given Frank's association with the Jython project, it's a good bet this augurs well for the future of Python on the JVM, as did last year's hiring of JRuby developers Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo.

And the scripting doesn't stop there. Groovy seems to (ahem) gotten its groove back in the last year or so. JavaFX Script re-envisions Desktop Java from a declarative scripting POV. And let's not forget the small contingent, prominent at last week's Java Posse Roundup, that can't stop talking about how awesome Scala is.

It almost makes you feel old-fashioned to use plain ol' Java-style Java.

Is this scripting trend taking root in your office or project? The latest Poll asks
"Which JVM language do you think you'll be using most by the end of 2008?" Cast your vote on the front page, then visit the results page for current tallies and discussion.

Speaking of these other JVM languages, Joshua Marinacci returns with another JavaFX example in today's Weblogs.
JavaFX Doodle #3: A Paper Cutout Demo, he writes: "I'm exhausted and don't have my photos in order yet so the Sydney post will have to wait until next week. For now, however, I thought I'd share with you Doodle #3, which is one of the demos I showed in Sydney."