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McNealy cites Java successes

Sun Microsystems' chief executive officer Scott McNealy continued a week-long theme of "Java Everywhere," hailing successes in server, desktop, wireless, and consumer applications at the JavaOne conference in San Fransisco.

The Java web services layer had become the platform of choice for developers, displacing operating systems, he said.

"It is no longer cool to write to the OS, you write to the Java web services layer. You don't write to Windows, you don't write to Solaris, you don't write to Linux," McNealy said.

Java is gaining traction on desktops and among consumers, he added. There were 2.5 million consumer downloads of Java in March alone.

Sun has been accused of over-hyping Java when it first was introduced, but McNealy contended the opposite was true.

"If you look back eight years, we under-hyped it," said McNealy.

"Java, which has spawned 20 application server environments, has "become the gold standard on the server environment," he said.

Responding to a question about the implications of Microsoft 's lack of support for Java, McNealy and Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice-president of the software group at Sun Microsystems insisted that Java is becoming ubiquitous.

Paul Krill writes for Inforworld


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