OpenSourcing Java and Language Design...
I think that the OpenSourcing of the Java Platform may very well lead to a new wave of Programming Language designs. For example, check out Chris Oliver's Postings on F3
and then check this Language Overview.
Don't be confused by the examples that emphasize only
the GUI abilities of the language - it is much more than that.
Pretty cool, eh?
Now, combine that with a widely available JVM and Java Platform...
and add to the mix the OpenSource trend...
I think we are in for a fun time.
Long time ago, language design was very cool.
Then came C++ and it seemed we were all going to be forced to use it
but the Java language proved that wrong.
Java - the language - itself has remained quite stable.
In recent releases it has added some new features but the language is
supposed to be fairly stable.
The real radical ideas will come from other languages on top of the platform.
Not just older languages like Ruby, but also brand new languages,
I'm looking forward to the next few years!