"The question," the report continues, "is whether Java can be evolved in a way that broadens its appeal and keeps it competitive and compelling against the steady onslaught of new languages, platform technologies and programming metaphors against Microsoft, owner of the powerful and well-managed .Net franchise, with its attendant tooling and rich ecosystem.
"The overriding impression from Oracle relating to Java technologies is that Oracle values good relations with the Java community and views the broad Java ecosystem as a key asset in its acquisition of Sun," the IDC report says. That community is significant: Java keeps close to 8 million developers busy worldwide, IDC notes.
Fears about MySQL's fate persist
Some developers still wonder what will be the fate of the open source MySQL database now listed on the same product roster as the commercial Oracle database. "What's going to happen with MySQL? You know, Oracle has its own database," says Pomares. Oracle has expressed an intent to continue developing MySQL. Pomares also is concerned about Oracle's support of development frameworks.
"My concerns are around what's going to happen to MySQL more so than Java," notes Collaborative Consulting's Deane. He's fearful that Oracle might discontinue support for it. "It's hard to sell two products that do the same thing," Deane adds.