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Sun Microsystems said attendance jumped to 14,000 at this year's JavaOne
conference -- an increase of 2,000 over last year's event and a sign
that interest in the language and development platform Sun created nine
years ago remains high. Yet Sun continues to struggle in the commercial
tools market, despite its cachet as the inventor of Java. Analysts place
Sun among the bottom dwellers in the commercial Java tools market,
estimating that it commands less than 10 percent of a market led by
Borland Software and IBM.
Sun's only interest is to have a commanding presence in the software market in the future: wireless, systems, PDA's, cell phones, micro-bio, engineering, oil drilling, moon shots etc.
Sun need to realize that developers want a development environment that can be used for more than java and that is fast and easy to use.
Eclipse fit that description, and if Sun want to succeed in the devlopment tools arena, they will have to start to support it, even though it doesn't use swing.
There are limits to how many mistakes Sun can do. They refuse to open source java (not that this would do the language any better) and piss off the open source community that will make sure that Mono will replace java.
It's time for some wise decisions at Sun headquarters, or they will be left behind.