Sun Microsystems concluded its JavaOne software conference by handing out awards for some unusual Java implementations.
Chairman and chief executive Scott McNealy handed out awards including the 'Coolest Interplanetary Use of Java', which was won by Nasa's Mars Rover robot.
"We are acknowledging some of the best [Java implementations], from the Mars Rover to the 'Bad Boys' award issued to the NYPD crime analysis and reporting tool," he said.
In his keynote address, McNealy also highlighted the changing way in which software is sold.
"Plastic-wrapped, metal-wrapped, rack-wrapped and gift-wrapped software distribution models are rapidly replacing the standard shrink-wrapped model, changing the very essence of the software industry," he claimed.
"Consumers will increasingly demand Java-based mobile devices like phones and PDAs, essentially ending the consumer era of software sold separately."
But McNealy also found time to take a swipe at Microsoft's .Net technology, comparing it with Java in categories such as class participation, choice, security and branding.
"Java graduated summa cum laude, top of the class based on scalability, upstanding community membership, choice, lowest total cost of ownership, cross-platform leverage and security," he said. ".Net scored poorly, failing in almost every category."
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