Black Day for Java

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I was long awaiting such kind of act by Oracle and it happened. Oracle sued Google over Java in Android platform ( News and actual complaint).                                               

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Is it really sad? Yes for the Java developers and users it is certainly a bad news. But isn’t it true Java deserves its share of goodies. Sun created Java and after initial deals they stuck with IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and others they were not able to monetize Java. Java was used extensively and soon become the most preferred language for enterprise solutions. It was platform independent and could be run on any architecture all its needed was a JVM. In the end of April 2009 Oracle anounced acquisition of Sun Microsystems and became a hardware company. However, the most discussed thing was future of Java. Father of Java, James Gosling resigned Sun Microsystems/Oracle.

The things were not bad till recently. All were enjoying Java platform and developments were full-on. Then Android entered and changed the face of market. Developers started developing applications for Android and Oracle realized that this is the time that they must get the share of the success of Android and filed a patent and copyright infringement lawsuit against Google.

I am shocked and disappointed with this act. We must not forget that Sun held thousands of patents but backed open-source sharing. It cut licensing deals for Java, but also offered free versions. This act will certainly cause anxiety in other corporations that are major users of Java. IBM will be the first one that will be impacted, after Google, if this happens. Also impacted will be Apache Software Foundation, which provides support for the Apache community of open-source software projects. There are certainly other things that should be known too like the one mentioned in James Gosling’s latest blog post.

What will happen to the lawsuit? What will be the future of Java after this lawsuit? These questions will be answered by time. Let’s wait and watch. But this is certainly a black day for Java.


2 thoughts on “Black Day for Java”

  1. Black day for Java was back when Oracle bought SUN. Oracle is a hungry beast who cares little for open source.. In fact, I don’t even consider Oracle to be innovative leader. What happened to WebLogic ? How many enterprises does it power now? The whole take-over and merger was a disaster for Weblogic and Java.. Java “was” preferred enterprise platform due to the fact it had a large diversed ecosystem of which weblogic/MYSQL/NetBeans were key players. Oracle’s suing Google will turn many open source developers away from Java.. Oracle is shutting down OpenSolaris project. Next they will start charging $$ for MYSQL and OpenOffice. Talking to many developer I get a feeling that people these days care less about Java. God save Java. As a developer I would start looking into other technology to make sure I am not shown a pink slip.

  2. @Abhishek It is all about ego, power and money. I don’t think people care little abt Java. They can’t. Still there are languages that are good and are slowly gaining pace like Scala, Ruby, C#.

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