Java on the Apple Mac [UPDATED]

The recent announcement by Apple that the “Java runtime ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X is deprecated” has caused some concern and rather extreme responses. As a company that has recently invested heavily in Apple hardware for our development team, it might seem that we have fallen victim to the latest idiosyncratic or autocratic move from Apple and Steve Jobs. However, while I do think the story has implications, I don’t think it’s particularly troubling or consequential, except to those for whom the announcement is reinforcement of whatever particular world view they support (for example, is it proof that Java is dying, or evidence that Apple doesn’t understand the enterprise, or developers?).

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Oracle versus Google

James Gosling clearly joins the wider development community in condemning Oracle’s decision to pursue Google over alleged wilful patent violation. It’s hard to argue with such esteemed commentators, and I do share an aversion to software patents, though less so to closed source (and I do understand they’re linked). However, I do think that most of the arguments reflect a particular world view, and it’s definitely not one that Oracle shares.

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Oracle and Sun: Predicting the Future

It’s done, and the takeover of Sun by Oracle will go ahead. Now the speculation on the future can begin, though we should learn some of the likely strategy during a web conference this evening. I’ll post on that when it’s done. However, I thought it might be fun to speculate ahead of the news, not least because I don’t expect there to be complete clarity even after the call. The topics reflect my own interests, rather than any attempt to be comprehensive.

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Oracle and Sun Strategy: Forecast Accuracy

Okay, one of the most important things that I failed to consider and forecast was the time before the first sighting in the wild of a Borg picture and reference to assimilation. Too late now.

Clearly, even blogging policies can be a source of pain and evidence of malevolence when things are so confused and the feelings of loss are strong. However, when I look at what is being saved at Sun I have to feel positive about the idea that a company is going to take great technology and make money out of it. Even the switch in manufacturing, from build-to-stock to build-to-order, and simplification of the supply chain, reflects a refreshing willingness to take fundamental parts of the business and re-engineer them to improve performance.

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