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Poll Result: Oracle Acquisition of Sun Most Significant in 2009

Posted by editor on January 1, 2010 at 8:43 AM PST

Last week's poll produced a not too surprising result: most developers consider Oracle's announced acquisition of Sun to be the most significant event in the Java realm in 2009. A total of 343 votes were cast in the survey, with the following results:

What was the most significant Java/JVM news/event in 2009?

  • 58% (200 votes) - Oracle's announced acquisition of Sun
  • 2% (8 votes) - Java store and Warehouse
  • 13% (45 votes) - Closures will be in JDK 7
  • 8% (28 votes) - Java EE 6 approval
  • 6% (22 votes) - Emergence of Scala
  • 6% (20 votes) - JavaFX development
  • 5% (16 votes) - I don't know
  • 1% (4 votes) - Other

One comment was posted, by javaprox, titled "Oracle Buys Sun":

No doubt that the most significant news event of 2009 is - "Oracle Buys Sun". This acquisition of Sun transforms the IT industry, combining best-in-class enterprise software and mission-critical computing systems. From now Oracle will be the only company that can engineer an integrated system.

I'm not sure IBM would agree with this comment, but I have felt all along that Oracle's ultimate objectives in the acquisition include spanning the hardware and software realms from enterprise data centers down to mobile devices, all within the new Oracle/Sun.

There was no close second place choice for the most significant news/event in 2009; the voting was scattered among the other choices, with "Closures in JDK 7" taking second place by garnering 13% of the vote.

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