One of the key arguments in the battle between the .NET stack and the Java stack is the “one supplier” versus “multiple suppliers” argument.
Now that Oracle is buying Sun I dug into the press releases and found this little gem in the Frequently Asked Questions:
“How is the transaction expected to benefit partners?
Oracle and Sun partners are expected to benefit by working with a single vendor to address customer needs for enterprise systems.“
As most technical people I am primarily interested in what the Java technology stack will look like. And by that I do not mean the obligatory “don’t you worry, we’ll support all of them” in the FAQ but I want to know what will remain after 1 to 5 years. What will happen to JavaFX, MySQL, GlassFish and NetBeans? I do not expect Oracle to drop them but they might decide to discontinue the innovation of these products. We need to know about that so we can advise our customers when selecting products and technologies.