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An Unexpected Pleasure

Oct 14, 2010, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Milinkovich)

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"Today's announcement that IBM is going to join forces and work with Oracle on OpenJDK is good news for Java, and by extension for Eclipse. All of us who live within the Java ecosystem need to recognize that this fundamentally strengthens the platform, enhances the business value of Java and offers the hope of an increased pace of innovation.

"Although it will take a while for all of the ramifications and reactions to become clear, at its face the announcement challenges the conventional wisdom that the future of Java is going to be a fractured one. Some recent examples of these expectations can be seen in blog posts like James Governor's "Java: The Unipolar Moment, On distributed governance for distributed software" and Joseph Ottinger's "The Future of Java: forking, death, or stasis". When I read them just a short time ago, I thought they accurately reflected the likeliest outcomes for Java's sure-to-be fractious future. Now I am much more optimistic that we can get back to innovation.

"To me the overarching motivation is obvious. Both IBM and Oracle have a shared interest in assuring their enterprise customers that Java was, is and always will be the safe technology choice that they've been selling for the past ten to fifteen years."

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