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InfoWorld: The Java wars: A look at the fight to control a platform independent language

Jun 16, 2000, 22:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Vizard)

"Despite all this success, the promise of Java remains unfulfilled both on a business and technical level."

"The dominance that Microsoft has over this industry as a whole is directly attributable to the control it has over the APIs for Windows. In fact, Microsoft's most brilliant business move was that it was the first company to understand that whoever controls developers controls the applications and the industry as whole. What makes Bill Gates the Napoleon of the Computer Age are the APIs...."

"If we look back to history for guidance, the only way Napoleon could have been defeated was for England, Russia, Austria, and Prussia to act in concert to force the issue, a process that took two decades to complete. Unfortunately, the computer industry's equivalent of the grand alliance lacks that same level of commitment to usurping Microsoft."

"In fact, many at IBM and Oracle have come to the conclusion that Sun's failure to place Java in the public domain means that Sun's long-term ambition is to simply replace one tyrant with another one based in Mountain View, Calif. The radical republican elements of the industry, otherwise known as the Linux community, are suspicious of Sun's real aims as well."

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