I am moving on from Sun and will be evangelizing the Intuit Partner Platform (IPP), which is a Platform as a Service offering. It does support Java by offering a Flex front end and is geared at small business developers and monetization. [very] Early versions are available at the IPP Workplace. There are some exciting efforts in the pipeline in the near future that I am excited to be involved in.
The Java Platform continues to be strong and the very fact that there is a Java SDK for Microsoft Azure, and force.com's Apexis really Java bears testimony to the fact Java will be a huge player in the cloud. Sun's Project Kenai and other offerings in the pipeline is bound to encompass Java and the recent excitement around Java-friendly scripting languages.
It's been an incredible ride evangelizing Java and other technologies to tens of thousands of developers worldwide and sharing in the energy and enthusiasm. Rather than a indulge in a nostalgic trip, I would prefer to look ahead. As a reviewer for theJavaOne conference, I am already getting excited about the conference just looking at the quantity and quality of the submissions and cannot wait until June.
My LinkedIn Profile is at http://www.linkedin.com/in/ragssand will be great to get LinkedIn or better yet see you in some part of the world!