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The future of Java

2010-10-14 16:43:28.057689+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

IBM, Oracle and Java: The Q&A:

Q: What were the implications of Oracle’s patent claims vis a vis Android for Java?
A: Many, but the most important for this discussion were the chilling effects. By suing Google, Oracle injected uncertainty into the Java ecosystem. Developers are now questioning Java as a language choice. Not in huge numbers, yet, but relative to the sound footing the platform was on previously, it’s an important shift.

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comments in descending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: Ubiquitous Languages made: 2010-10-15 22:01:05.621299+00 by: jeff

Write SQL. Stay employed forever?

#Comment Re: made: 2010-10-15 16:22:23.464404+00 by: markd

Write once, run away.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-10-15 15:44:15.906133+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, Java has always been one of those languages I've avoided because I haven't seen the point: If it were a tight little virtual machine with a solid security model I guess I can see some applications, although frankly machine virtualization and chroot() seem like much stronger ways to achieve such things (and I wish more people seemed to be playing seriously with the latter), but it's also this huge mass of libraries and a garbage collected C++ v.1.

Which kinda seems like "oh, look, it's C with classes without the performance".

So, yeah, aside from the fact that I've just never used an app written in Java that seemed like it was meant to be used by anyone other than the developers, I'm glad to have stayed away from it generally.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-10-15 06:16:29.162426+00 by: brennen

I haven't had a lot of reason to think about it for the last few years, but recently I am incredibly glad that I don't have overmuch professional or personal reason to be concerned with the Java platform or the economic environment of Oracle, IBM, et al. (It all has an impact, of course, and I'm interested in a sense, but I'm pretty happy to spectate from afar.)