A new report from Forrester Research about the future of Java predicts that large enterprise customers will stick with Java, but the open source community will look elsewhere to fill their development needs.
John R. Rymer, one of the report’s authors, said that while the immediate impact of Oracle’s decisions to alienate the open source community will have minimum impact on customers, in the next decade they will have greater impact.
Oracle’s approach to managing Java is a top-down one. Rymer predicted that the Java Community Process will eventually be replaced with something that is completely controlled by Oracle and IBM.
As Oracle asserts its control over Java there will be an open source exodus, and Rhymer said, it will result in fewer young developers learning Java first.