I'm not sure the "Java faithful" are worried (though maybe the should be). I think what happened here is someone decided to code up his own take on an ORM. With tight integration with an IDE, some of the headaches of traditional ORM implementations can
be lessened (not sure they succeeded there, but I can see the attempt being made). Once created, we have to find a name. Hey, there's this nifty name over here that we can borrow and get attention using, even though there's basically no relation at all.
IOW, this was a very bad "marketing strategy" by IBM, and not a general indicator of the Java community at large.
But wow! I'm still trying to get my head around the fact that this was called JLINQ. Such a horrendous mistake. And the fact that there's 7 up votes and 3 down votes on DZone for this! And one of those down votes was my own, and another was from "blowdart.signon.com"
who I'm guessing is our blowdart, and he probably found this and voted it down because of this post.
I've found some interesting things on DZone, but there have been enough questionable things on there lately (including a post about an article I wrote for CUJ
years ago), that I'm wondering if it's worth continuing to monitor that one.