This aftenoon I received an e-mail from an old colleague that the Prophecy has come true (he was calling me Morpheus ;-): Oracle announced it entered into an agreement to acquire Sun.
Cool that just 1 month ago I finally blogged about this! I was thinking about this for years. I guess Mr. Larry Ellison had finally found my personal blog then ;-)
But seriously, what will this merger mean for us Java developers and for IT industry in general? In the past Oracle and Sun were very complementary, but the last years they became competitors also. Think about Sun acquiring MySQL and Oracle acquiring BEA Systems (including it's J2EE BEA WebLogic application server).
I guess Oracle will try to keep Java adopted as much as possible (it's in their own interest), but I don't think this will count for MySQL and GlassFish. I guess we will see a lot of other products being merged in the future, like NetBeans and JDeveloper. Time will tell, but it will definitely have some impact!
I will end with some new prophecies:
- Within 2 years Grails will be the leading platform for Java web development.
- Groovy will be the most dominant dynamic language on the JVM (Uhhhh, actually I don't think this is a prophecy but reality already).
- By 2012 a lot of Java developers are using Groovy without even knowing they are actually using Groovy.
- Someday Oracle will buy SpringSource.
- Very soon there will be a nice Groovy module for easily developing small Google App Engine applications.