Last year, Oracle acquired BEA Systems, the hottest company in enterprise Java…until around 2001.
Today, they announced the acquisition of Sun Microsystems, the architects of the infrastructure of the dot com era. Remember the “dot in dot com”??
Both companies represent the history of enterprise Java, and are far less important to the future.
Larry Ellison states that “Java is the single most important software we’ve ever acquired."? Ellison is right about the importance of Java: Java is the world’s #1 programming language and the dominant choice of the enterprise. But the question is exactly what has Oracle acquired? There is no purpose to be served by Oracle trying to milk the Java language itself for profit–and, in any case, it’s now open enough to make that impossible. (Open sourcing Java did turn out to matter. A lot.) And it is a long time since Sun controlled enterprise Java in a meaningful way.