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"This is the essence of the Hail Mary," said Illuninata analyst Jonathan Eunice. "I would like to think there's a role for Java on the client, but it's very late."
But Chief Executive Jonathan Schwartz, despite Sun's dropping revenue, low stock price, and large new layoff, believes JavaFX will overcome its obstacles.
"Don't confuse relevance for stock price," he said, pointing to Java's widespread adoption among developers and students and to Sun's expansion into newer open-source areas such as the MySQL database software. "We're more relevant today than any other software developer on the face of the Earth."
And while Java FX may not be widely discussed today as a rich Internet application foundation, "I promise you that will change in next 60 to 90 days," Schwartz said.
I definitely expect changes at Sun over the next 60 to 90 days…