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At this year's annual gathering of the tribe at JavaOne in San Francisco, Sun announced its intention to increase the number of Java developers from 3 million to 10 million. And how is Sun going to achieve this? By making Java easier. All I can say is, "hallelujah, Scott. Welcome to the party." Hats off to Sun for 'fessing up to the dirty little secret that Java developers have been struggling with for the past few years: J2EE is too difficult. J2EE, and WebSphere in particular, have been tremendous successes in defining a platform for enterprise development that is hardware and OS independent, highly scalable, and reliable. J2EE has taken many difficult things and made them possible. J2EE 1.5 defines some base-level language constructs and meta-information tags that will help. But for Java to be relevant in the face of Microsoft's push for .NET, it needs a next gen... (more)