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Java has emerged from its own hype relatively unscathed and is now showing itself capable of matching the lofty predictions made for it. The two main indicators of this rite of passage are standardization and evolving best practices — developments that are bringing corporations much nearer to achieving the productivity gains that Java can deliver. Java's advantages are well known. In the spotlight from the outset has been the promise of WORA ("write once, run anywhere"). Even in an imperfect state WORA offers corporations bottom-line benefits that accommodate past, present and future: cost-effective integration with legacy investments, relatively painless synchronization of heterogeneous business units and longer-term platform viability that protects against costly future changes in technology infrastructure. Developing in Java also brings productivity benefits. Bec... (more)