Java is hotter than steaming coffee at the moment. Hundreds of articles are being written worldwide every month. Its implications for resellers are as yet unclear, with tantalising hints being scattered like coffeebeans round a cappuccino bar. For example, in a recent release advertising Sun's Java Programming courses for the first half of 1996, Java's ability to create point-of-sale applications is mentioned. Similarly, it may be significant that users can download powerful software straight from the Net (if Java's claims turn out to be true), thus bypassing the reseller altogether.
However, it isn't easy to get a grasp on what exactly is going on up there in the Net. Ask Sun to send you information, and you'll get media releases and promotional material. Write to their e-mail address, and you'll get a reply that begins by referring you to other Net sites. Perhaps the difficulty in finding out what exactly goes into a cup of Java is a result of the newness of the product. We can't know what the implications of Java are for resellers just yet. When Java and HotJava are more established, they will probably be easier to get your teeth into. Coffeecake, instead of coffee steam.