"It has come to our attention that some people want to program in things other than Java," Bracha quipped.
Sun is broadening its support for dynamic languages to satisfy user demand, but also to help broaden the overall community of developers who use the Java platform, Bracha said.
I've often wondered why Sun got so adamant about Java (the language) as opposed to the VM. From their perspective, why should they care so long as the VM is in use? I suspect that Microsoft's moves to support things like Iron Python and Vista Smalltalk are having some impact.