While researching about Scala, I found this on the net:
According to Adam Bien’s blog from JavaOne
During a meeting in the Community Corner (java.net booth) with James Gosling, a participant asked an interesting question: “Which Programming Language would you use *now* on top of JVM, except Java?”. The answer was surprisingly fast and very clear: – Scala.
Some more complete source: http://thejavablog.wordpress.com/2008/05/08/javaone-day-three/