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Java Trap, 2010 Edition

Oct 13, 2010, 05:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Querna)

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"When you build software in Java and the JVM, you are being locked into only running it on a platform controlled by a single company — Oracle. Oracle is working to maintain this platform control by refusing to remove the field of use clauses in the TCK, effectively preventing Apache Harmony from ever being able to ship a real release. The lawsuit against Google also confirms the fear of Oracle using their control of the platform aggressively.

"The problem is not so much about Oracle controlling their code. As I said above, I believe in the rights of a company to do as these choose — but at the same time, if they choose to be bad stewards of this, I will choose not to use their platform. Most importantly in the Java world, is that stranglehold being placed upon 3rd party implementations. Oracle could close source the OpenJDK for all I care, but what offends me most is their desire to squash alternatives implementations."

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