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Is Oracle the Java killer?

Probably not. Java is too strong to be killed.
I posted the following answer to the question:

Will Oracle's lawsuit Against Google Put a Chill on Java Adoption? asked in ebizQ SOA Forum

When Oracle acquired Sun, I thought it was a wrong decision (read my post: Vendors Survival:The Sun is red - Oracle to buy Sun First Take ).
It seems that Oracle's managers reached a similar conclusion and are trying to minimize the amount of money they lose. The lawsuit against Google is one of the ways to achieve it. However, this lawsuit supports the concerns about Java after Oracle acquired Sun.
The delicate balance of the Java community with two strong players (IBM and BEA), Sun as the owner of Java and leader of the Java Community Process and other strong players (Oracle, SAP, RedHat/Jboss etc.) no longer exists. Oracle swallowed BEA and Sun and is now the owner of Java. Java will not disappear: It is still popular language and environment, especially for Software products developers, because of its platform independence. However, the major Java players will probably ask the question: Against which competitor Oracle's next lawsuit will be? IBM? SAP? or even RedHat due to Linux competition. 
For the Long Term they will look for a strategy less dependent on Java and Oracle. It is easy for SAP because they are platform agnostic. SAP can easily develop SOA ERP Services in other programming languages e.g. c#, as part of its applications products portfolio. It is more difficult for IBM and RedHat whose strategy is based on Java. As far as Google is concerned, it may also look for Long Term alternative for Java. The alternative may be Java like, same as C# and more suitable for Cloud Computing.

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Ari has over 30 years of experience in IT across a wide variety of technology platforms, including application development, technology selection, application and infrastructure strategies, system design, middleware and transaction management technologies and security.

Positions held include CTO for one of the largest software houses in Israel as well as the CTO position for one of the largest ministries of the Israeli government.