In pictures: The mixed fate of Sun tech under Oracle

From Java to SPARC, critical Sun technologies have lived on, been cut loose, or lost their luster in the four years since the Oracle acquisition

Java Java remains a mainstay in business application development; it is also leveraged in Google Android applications via the Dalvik VM. Oracle has been unsuccessful in suing Google over Android but has moved forward with developing multiple editions of Java. Oracle also had to deal with security setbacks affecting client-side Java.

Gosling gives Oracle a B+ grade for its handling of Java: “They've really done surprisingly well with Java except for the ‘growing pains’ in figuring out how to deal with security issues.”

Analyst Michael Azoff, of Ovum, sees Java as being a healthy state of development despite client-side issues. “Oracle is investing in Java, and the upcoming generation releases (SE 8 and 9) involve significant re-architecting to evolve the language and platform.”

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