In his presentation, King expressed support for Java, citing benefits such as its focus on solving business computing problems and commitment to platform independence and portability. According to a blog post, King denies any intention to build some sort of Java killer: "First, I never billed this as a Java Killer or the next generation of the Java language. Not my words. Ceylon isn't Java, it's a new language that's deeply influenced by Java, designed by people who are unapologetic fans of Java. Java's not dying anytime soon, so nothing's killing it."
He's right. Java stands as a staple of enterprise computing. Although it remains to be seen whether developers will be eager to learn yet another new language (a Ceylon compiler is due later this year), there is plenty of room in the pool, so let's wait and see what the project produces.
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