Oracle's role creates some optimism, despite limited information
Meanwhile, attendee Serge Liberloo, owner of the Jscoop Java service consultancy, is hopeful that commitments to Java expressed at the conference would be kept. But Liberloo notes not a lot of information had been offered at this point.
"I hope that everything they promised will be true and that Java and all the technologies around Java will remain as they are today because we are happy about the way that they were working in open source," Liberloo said.
A software engineer at StreamSage, which offers metadata analysis and is affiliated with Comcast, was optimistic about the merger and its effects on open source strategies and Sun technologies. "Pretty much, I think it will continue as-is, because Oracle has such an investment in Java," says Arlen Sprague, lead software engineer at StreamSage. "Hopefully, they'll continue things like JavaOne and continue to support the community."
Ceasing to hold JavaOne "would be a foolish thing to do," says Sprague, a first-time attendee at the event. Perhaps in the future, though, languages such as Scala and Ruby might instead become the subject of the big conferences, he suggests.
Sun officials largely mum on the future
Key Sun officials were mostly silent about what the merger and what it might mean as far as whether they stay on at the company. "It depends on how things go," says James Gosling, Sun vice president and Java founder, when asked if he would stay on.
"I wouldn't possibly dream of commenting on [the merger]," says Simon Phipps, chief open source officer at Sun.
But another Sun executive expressed optimism. "I think our team is very excited," says Jeet Kaul, a senior vice president of Java engineering. "The things that we are working on are things that Larry talked about."
JavaOne conference's fate unclear
The Oracle-Sun merger put a "bit of a pallor on the JavaOne conference," particularly in the Sun booth itself, Matsumura says. "The people who are demoing there [are] probably wondering if they'll be employed by Oracle," he notes.
The show had the look and feel of being the end of the road for JavaOne, says analyst Al Hilwa, program director for application development software at IDC. "It was hard not to get a sense that this was the last one," Hilwa notes. "Attendance was down perhaps because travel is down everywhere. Oracle might want to fold it into [the Oracle OpenWorld conference] as they strive for bragging rights of the largest conference ever."