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The Java people have always been very reluctant to add new features because they wanted to keep the language clean and simple, a design choice that personally I think is superior to 'rich' grammars like that of C++, Python, and C#. How many people really know and use 100% of the C++ syntax these days? Many companies actively enforce a strict subset of the language, and who even cares about C++0x? In my humble opinion C# pretty much jumped the shark when they started adding things like partial classes.

There's lots of things wrong with Java, but I think a worthy successor should at least keep that 'less is more' mentality.

If you want a feature-rich Java though, you can always try the KSL: http://openjdk.java.net/groups/compiler/ksl.html

edit: by the way, I'm not saying Java > Python, just that I prefer clean languages. Just wanted to get that out of the way before I get flamed to death :3

>because they wanted to keep the language clean and simple

If this is the goal, I'm afraid they went of course before getting out of the bay. Clean and simple is how I would describe Smalltalk, not Java. And Smalltalk a lot more concise (note: not terse).

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