Is it April Fool’s Day? Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of SUN, has announced the momentous decision to change SUN’s ticker symbol from SUNW to JAVA.
If this is true, it marks the moment that Java jumped the shark. There’s already discussion about whether or not Java has peaked as an enterprise programming language. This move confirms it.
Java never fulfilled its original promise, but it was very useful and developers found lots of things to do with it. The Web needed to move from PERL to something more sophisticated. But as soon as you think Java is everywhere, that Java touches everyone—it’s the beginning of the end.