Sun is up in arms strengthening the ecosystem of the JVM. In fact the J in JVM is starting to fade away and is fast becoming the VM of choice for dynamic languages. I am sure, with Sun's hiring of Ted and Frank,
invokedynamicis poised to gain more importance in the JCP world. After Ruby, Python is slated to be another first-class-citizen on the JVM.
But what happens to Java, the language ?
With more and more power of the dynamic languages being blessed on the JVM, are we prepared to see more and more polyglotism in enterprise applications ? BigCos and enterprise managers always like to remain sensitive to the platform they have invested in - you can implement in any language you want to, so long it runs on the JVM. In the days to come, expect more strategic support from Sun on features that will enrich Java, the platform, rather than Java, the language.
Next stop for Sun ? Scala ?