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Smart Partner: Has Java Failed Its Cross Platform Goals?

Aug 29, 2000, 21:18 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Esther Schindler)

"If your Java application runs well only under Windows, why are you bothering to write in Java?..."

"It's not that I'm anti-Java. Quite to the contrary: I believe that Java is an excellent tool for the right tasks. Unfortunately, the promise of "write once, run anywhere" was broken so long ago that nobody remembers where the warranty card is...."

"Yet, I don't see anybody working to fix this situation. The tacit solution seems to be "just run Windows," which is diametrically opposed to the original goal. As evidence, note that IBM says it will no longer upgrade the OS/2 version of VisualAge for Java. After pushing OS/2 customers to nonproprietary technologies, IBM is yanking developer support for the major nonproprietary technology available to those customers. Nor is IBM claiming poor sales; instead, an IBM spokesman justified the move by telling me that the tools were all on Windows, AIX and Linux. Tell me: How does that serve your OS/2 customers?"

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