Java at Scale

White Paper Abstract:
Java is everywhere. Starting with its appearance in 1995 along with the HotJava web browser, Java has taken the attention of the software industry like no programming language before, and has held that attention for over two decades and counting. In this paper we'll talk a little about all the ways Java gets used, why it has such wide appeal, and where it has limitations that either prevent its use in specific domains or require a great deal of effort to make it fit. We will also talk about the Zing Virtual Machine, Azul Systems' answer to Java's limitations.