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ZDNN: Sun in savior role ... again

Mar 20, 1999, 10:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scot Petersen)

"No one said being a savior is easy. Just ask the Sun Microsystems unit formerly known as JavaSoft."

"Just last spring, Java was in trouble. The platform that was going to save the computing world from Microsoft, with cross-platform computing, seemed to be going nowhere fast."

"We went through a very difficult period," said Alan Baratz, president of Sun's Java division, in a recent interview with PC Week. "When we first launched Java [in late 1995] we could do no wrong. The press loved us. We were the darlings of the industry. Everybody viewed [Java] as industry-transforming technology, the universal cure. About a year and a half into it we started to get questions like, Where's the performance? Where's the stability? Where are the applications? Is this thing real or not?"

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