On Wednesday, Oracle began to put to rest concerns about its plans for the Java programming language. Oracle exec Thomas Kurian called Java one of Sun’s crown jewels, noting, “Java is the world’s most popular programming language,” with almost 10 million developers.
Kurian also outlined several specific plans for the language. For example, the Java Virtual Machine will gain support for multiple languages. Oracle will also integrate the Sun HotSpot and Oracle JRockit JVMs for Java Standard Edition. In addition, they plan to optimize garbage collection and evolve the Java EE 6 reference implementation to address modularity.