"The man who invented the Java programming language says
competition has been healthy in the development sector, but advises
that companies should at least use the same APIs when creating
"James Gosling, Sun Microsystems' Chief Technology Officer for
Sun's Developer Platform, said the key to keeping interoperability
between application servers has been hampered by the existence of
dueling integrated development environments (IDE) most notably the
IBM-supported Eclipse initiative.
"The issue recently came to a head after Sun refused to join the
consortium, putting Gosling's NetBeans project in conflict with
other IDEs. Industry watchers say the rankling could further
polarize the industry's attempt to unite Java development efforts
to combat Microsoft's .NET initiative..."