With a merger affecting what was until recently the 'gatekeeper' of the Java platform -- Sun Microsystems -- future changes and strategies for the Java platform have a potential to take different directions, given the mix of corporate cultures, product lines and other related areas. First off, we can find the impressions on this Oracle/Sun merger from Rod Johnson, Spring framework pioneer: http://blog.springsource.com/2009/04/20/oracle-adds-new-exhibit-to-java-technology-museum/ Next, Alex Miller who is an expert and avid blogger on the topic of Java 7 gives his impressions on what this might hold for Java 7: http://tech.puredanger.com/2009/04/20/oracle-buys-sun/ And finally, Bryan Atsatt Oracle emploeyee and member of the JSR 294 expert group (Improved Modularity Support in the JavaTM Programming Language) discusses this merger's potential implications on Java's modularity fray between OSGi and Jigsaw: http://atsatt.blogspot.com/2009/04/jigsaw-vs-osgi.html