The Java Internet Business Expo, a first-of-its-kind event last week in New York, was supposed to bring some confirmation that Sun Microsystems Inc.'s highly touted programming language can change many basic aspects of business computing for the better.

Instead, the 15,000 who attended got caught in a debate set off by a newspaper article.

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