To sum up the article, it lists a few indisputable facts:
- Google, Yahoo, and a lot of Web 2.0 companies such as Friendster, Flickr, and Facebook are using open source stacks like LAMP instead of Java.
- There are more and more developers and websites using PHP, as evidenced by booksales and Netcraft stats.
- Companies like Merrill Lynch write processor intensive code in C/C++ directly on Linux and script it rather than use Java API's, presumably because they want more perfromance and do not care about platform portability out of Linux.
- .Net is getting used a lot more in enterprises (something I have seen in quite a few large accounts and which Sun even acknowledges in the article).
- "Earlier this year, [IBM] threw its weight behind PHP as a Web programming language."
Well these are all facts, and grouped together like this, I daresay they are a trend. Sun's response?
- Java is getting a lot of traction on mobile phones.
- Java is still used for "large, complex corporate applications".
Hey, I recommend Java myself if you want to write a cell phone game or a large, complex corporate app. But for a lightweight web app that needs to integrate a bunch of services with a rich user interface? It's LAMP all the way.