On the eve of Java One 2007, I for one have decided to move on from Java. I suspect I am somewhat late to the party – there has been a growing trend for some time of developers seeking greener pastures.
While not all of the dynamic language environments are as mature as Java (PHP and Python are definitely very close) in terms of execution speed and availability of tools/libraries, there is a lot of attention being paid to them at this time and I am confident they will mature quickly.
After C, I for one cannot think of a language that has had more impact than Java. In addition to fueling the growth of transactional enterprise web applications, I believe that Java’s portability has really helped fuel the Linux revolution. But all good things must come to an end sooner or later and I believe that we are at that point for Java …