Geeky predictions for 2010
Everyone has something to say about the past. Few can see the future. Here are my predictions for 2010!
- Oracle will prefer Eclipse and will let NetBeans go. I don't like it anymore than you, but why would they support two (three with JDeveloper?) competing IDEs? Oracle's existing staff knows and loves Eclipse, their tooling is built around Eclipse, their plugins are built for Eclipse. Why change something if you don't need to? My only question is who will pick up the support for NetBeans, which is otherwise a great product and is definitely worth saving...just not worth it for Oracle.
- Chrome OS and Android OS will converge. The world doesn't need two new operating systems from Google, not for web apps. I know that these two OSes are coming at web apps from two different scales: desktop/laptop/notebook vs mobile phone. However, the APIs should be the same for maximum acceptance from the community, and that means these two will become one. You can read more about this prediction in one of my prior blogs.
- Google will buy LinkedIn. Although useful and still a great site, LinkedIn is getting a bit stale. Google could inject new ideas to make a good product even better.
- Oracle will sell off Sun's hardware business. Oracle with hardware? I can't believe it. It's too much of a departure from their software business. I think Oracle will push the hardware off to HP.
- Adobe will steal some of JavaFX's thunder this year prior to JavaOne by announcing its own, improved designer tool for Flex that actually exists and is available at the time of their announcement. Sun's JavaFX Designer tool will limp into existence at JavaOne 2010 and everyone will forget that Sun promised it before the end of 2009.
Got predictions of your own? Let's hear them!