Sun celebrates ten years of Java

In between mouthfuls of cake, new Sun Microsystems MENA managing director Chris Cornelius has been singing the praises of his favourite programming language, Java.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  September 29, 2005

In between mouthfuls of cake, new Sun Microsystems MENA managing director Chris Cornelius has been singing the praises of his favourite programming language, Java. Ten years old today, four and a half million developers work with Java and Cornelius says it is the collaborative platform behind much of the world’s enterprise computing. “The whole philosophy was ‘write once, run anywhere’ and the fact we open-sourced it has had a huge impact on the software landscape. It’s everywhere, just look at mobile phones,” Cornelius says. Sun estimates that Java, originally code-named Oak, is driving more than US$100 billion in technology sales annually, as well as an additional US$110 billion in related IT spending. The global Java technology-based community includes one billion Java Card systems, 700 million PCs shipped with Java technology, 708 million Java technology-powered phones and more than 140 telecommunications carriers. The first version of Java coincided in 1995 with the opening of Sun’s first regional office in the MENA region. Since then, Java has been Arabised with input from regional developers and Sun staff, and the regional community of Java developers is more than 10,000 strong. To celebrate the decade of innovation, Sun is showcasing the latest release of its Java Desktop System at Gitex. “The Middle East region is incredibly bullish on Java as it becomes more collaborative, competitive and compatible to exploit the full potential of its open standards and multiply its applications in diverse verticals with new technology, training and tools,” Cornelius says. “Just as Sun is fully developing the potential of industry sectors such as education, government, and banking, so is our development community building vertical Java-based solutions for those sectors,” he adds. It’s been a Gitex week to remember for the Sun team, with the vendor also announcing the arrival of its UltraSPARC IV+, which it hopes will help it tap into the Middle East’s fast-growing mid-range sector. Sun says the new servers increase performance for the same price and the same amount of power.

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