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Sun's Schwartz: Don't Forget that Java is Open Sourced

May 17, 2007, 22:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"Since the conclusion of last week's JavaOne event in San Francisco, I've been e-mailing back and forth with Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz about Java and the deathmatch that clearly looms ahead between it and competing cross-platform runtime environments from Adobe and Microsoft (Flash and Silverlight, respectively). Between the relevance of last week's JavaFX announcements to the mobile market (basically, pushing the desktop version of Java down to handsets) and Schwartz's repeated sermons about how the number of people experiencing the Internet through a phone greatly outnumbers those who do so with a PC, it doesn't take a lot of dot-connecting to infer that Sun views the mobile market as the battlefield where this deathmatch will happen. Also relevant to this 'dot-connecting' is Sun's announcement of a scripting language designed to make the Java Runtime more accessible to developers of rich internet applications--the so-called creative developers who usually turn to Adobe's Flash runtime as their default target platform..."

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