I was reading about OSCON when I noticed this account of a software company considering rewriting their ebook software in Perl. I haven't spent any time coding Java, but everything I've ever seen in Java was slooooow, without exception, so they may have a point. I find it interesting that Perl's footprint is smaller than Java's.
I'm not trying to spread FUD, or impugn Java, Sun or coffee of any kind. I read the above-linked account, thought it was interesting, and posted it (after searching for like postings). I added (which is what spawned the accusations of FUD) my own experience of desktop Java applications, which got up at least one person's nose. It was not meant as authoritative (as I have no authority) or even comprehensive (I have no comprehension).