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At this year's JavaOne conference in San Francisco, I came face to face with the reality that Java no longer occupies the position of being a disruptive technology. It is now an accepted, depended-on, stable, workhorse technology. Of course, this has been shaping up for years, but for those of us who work every day on the technology, it's hard to tell when this happens until the change is done. For me, the final moment of realization came during Monday's opening keynote. In fact, it came as I saw a slide that positioned the invention of Java as of equal importance to the microprocessor and networking. Now, even though I love the platform and have spent the last six years working almost exclusively with and on Java, I don't agree with that statement. The invention of the microprocessor and of networking are in a totally different league than Java when it comes to af... (more)