O’Reilly has an article posted explaining why you should learn Java. I think it really oversells the language. Yes, Java is popular, but it’s hardly the lingua franca of computing today, as the author claims. Of course, the article’s author is also the co-author of the O’Reilly published Learning Java, so what do you expect? By the way, have I told you that you should learn CGI programming and SQL as soon as possible?