Java's Second Coming

Sun's dated Web programming language is getting a makeover; will new consumer-friendly versions attract more developersand sales?

Nearly a decade ago, during the Internet's early heyday, Sun Microsystems' Java was the software of choice for companies that wanted to quickly deliver data from a back office to a customer's personal computer. As popular as it was, the language never made much money for Sun, thanks to a decision to license the software broadly. Java accounted for a tiny fraction of Sun's $13.1 billion in 2006 sales.

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