At 10, Java's wild success, missed chances
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At 10, Java's wild success, missed chances

It has been 10 years this month since Sun Microsystems unveiled its Java technology to the world, and, in the process, changed the computer industry forever.

Java began life as a programming language that let developers create animated images on their Web sites, but it eventually grew into a wide-ranging collection of software and specifications that can be used to write programs on everything from mobile phones to mainframe computers. In 1995, however, Java struck home with its mantra of "write once, run anywhere," which promised to make life easier for developers, who would no longer have to go through the time-consuming process of compiling their code to run on different types of hardware.

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