We've all come to crossroads in our lifetimes. One
of the biggest for me was deciding where to live. After seeing
Austin, Texas for the first time, I knew that my life would never be
the same. A unique combination of place, opportunities, and people
opened my eyes to a world that I never knew existed. Make no mistake:
the Java platform is at a similar crossroads. I believe that Java
developers will catch a similar glimpse of a new way of programming.
It's my sincere hope that better experiences will
lead us beyond J2EE as we know it, and into something simpler,
cleaner, and much more effective.In this chapter, I describe what that future might look like. I cover
trends in technology and process that I believe will have profound
significance in the near future, and some that might not hit the
mainstream for years. I'll then speak directly to
the leadership in the Java space, and make some suggestions that I
believe are necessary for the long-term vitality of Java.