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Want to know why people think there’s nothing interesting going on in Java? It’s marketing pieces like this from the Sun Java System Identity Manager page:
“Today’s enterprise faces unprecedented challenges in protecting sensitive data, increasing business process efficiencies, and keeping the cost of identity management under control — all at the same time. These challenges are exacerbated by an enterprise environment in which information security is critical, the amount of change is ever-increasing, and the pressure to comply with legislative mandates is on the rise. Enterprises can meet these challenges with Sun Java System Identity Manager, the industry’s only complete user provisioning and meta-directory solution that enhances enterprise security — while simultaneously delivering a significant ROI.”
Is that really supposed to interest or intrigue anyone?
It is the endless list of announcements like this one that convince most of my colleagues that Java is dull. Off the top of my head I can name dozens of really interesting projects and initiatives in Java right now and many of them are open source in some way or another. We’ve been looking for people involved in cool Java open source projects to submit session proposals for O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention, OSCON, held in Portland, OR July 24-28.
Tonight at midnight pacific time the OSCON Call for Participation closes. Is there an open source Java project you are passionate about? Write it up in a proposal and click the submit button.