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Year-End Poll: Have You Become More Optimistic about Java's Future?

Posted by editor on December 27, 2010 at 10:46 AM PST

This past year has seen enormous change for Java, and significant resolution of the uncertainties that were occasioned by the long, drawn-out acquisition of Sun by Oracle. Things are indeed clearer now, the direction is being spelled out, the roadmap for Java's near-term future is coming into focus. But, as is always the case, clarity brings out differences of opinion.

With uncertainty, there's not much to argue about, since movement slows almost to a halt (as happened with Java during the second half of 2009 and into the start of 2010). But once there is a direction again, and movement resumes, the debate on which direction is the right one also resumes.

In consideration of all of this, the final java.net poll of 2010 asks:

Are you more optimistic today about Java's future than you were a year ago?

Are you pleased by what you're seeing, especially in recent months as activity has picked up, and the direction and focus have been clarified, in everything from Java 7 to the OpenJDK to Java on the Mac platform, and more? Or do you think wrong turns are being taken? Or are your thoughts somewhere in the middle? Share your view by voting in the poll, and consider posting a comment as well.

Last poll: Java-powered hand-held devices

The poll that just ended was related to people's purchases of hand-held devices that run Java as their base system, or which can run Java applications. A total of 136 votes were cast. The exact question and results were:

How many hand-held devices that are Java-powered or can run Java applications have you purchased in the past year?

  • 7% (9 votes) - 4 or more
  • 4% (5 votes) - 3
  • 8% (11 votes) - 2
  • 28% (38 votes) - 1
  • 47% (64 votes) - None
  • 7% (9 votes) - I don't know

The stand-out statistic is that about half of the voters didn't purchase any "Java-powered" hand-held devices.

However, if you look a bit closer, an some interesting facts emerge. For example, looking at the voting and totalling up the purchased devices, we see that the 136 voters purchased a total of at least 111 hand-held devices that run Java. But, at least 73 of these devices were purchased by the 25 people who purchased two or more such devices. In other words, though the average voter purchased about 0.82 devices, around 2/3 of the devices were purchased by just 19% of the voters.


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Spotlights

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systems...

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Java Communications
Community
, "Jingle Bells!!!"

After many months of hard work
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Jingle on Windows, Linux, and Mac. This includes video calls, conferences, call
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Poll

Our current java.net poll asks Are you more optimistic today about Java's future than you were a year ago? Voting will be open until next Monday.


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