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  • IMO these are absolutely a response to C#. Most people in the open source Java communities I run in seem to think so as well. I don't think this is a bad thing -- hopefully this will become a virtuous cycle where both languages innovate -- well, for a limited definition of innovate :-) -- and force each other to be more responsive to the day-to-day users.

    I think most of the innovation in Java is bubbling up from (surprise!) the opensource community. For instance, there are a number of projects that implement mixins -- I know this is an intentional side effect of the AOP framework Nanning []. I feel pretty confident in saying that Java will never have multiple inheritence :-)

    There's also quite a few projects to create light(er)weight languages using the JVM. Most recent is Groovy [], which seems to be deeply influenced by Ruby's syntax and usage. (Spoken as someone who has had only the briefest exposure to Ruby...)