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Has it really been a year since the first JVM language summit? The second one is underway right now, and who made the biggest splash but the biggest gorilla in the tech industry, Google? The search giant has unleashed its own JVM language, called Noop. Now, maybe I'm drinking the Google Kool-Aid, but I actually believe Google's hype that it gives its employees work time to develop their own projects, and that's exactly what this seems to be, as I can't really see some grand overall strategy for the company to develop its own JVM language.
The language is deemed on the project site to have "an attitude" (ugh), of which the most important aspects are built-in dependency injection and testability, and an absence of statics and primitives. Noop code looks more or less like Java code, and can be either translated into Java code or run as bytecode by a JVM.
Since this is a Google project, all of us in the tech press are required to cover it, even if we don't really see much significance to it. The Register's coverage is predictably but still amusingly arch.