You Bruce Eckel fans out there can find a link to his latest talk here, in which he talks about Java issues and directions. He also mentions Perl and other languages. Two warnings: first, you'll need Real Player to view the talk; second, Bruce is a Python fan.;)
The biggest thing that cracks me about the Java/C++ crowd is how taken they are with the notion that you can mix types in a list. Oooohh, ahhhhhh.