Friday Nov 02, 2007

OS X - We want Java 1.6!!

Finally Leopard's arrived and I successfully upgraded my powerbook. I have not experienced any compatibility issue so far, so I'm quite pleased with it.

The only thing that really bugs me is the absence of Java 6 - still not there!

No need to say this was quite disappointing as the rest of the Java world (that is almost every other platform - Solaris of course but also Windows and Linux) has now moved on to Java 6. It's even more surprising as I've been told that Apple's server market is doing well so one would think that keeping their Java release on par with the competition is important. Unfortunately, as JamesG explained here there's nothing we can do here at Sun. So please Apple, hurry up and release Java 6!

And just to make sure we have a better chance of being heard, my colleague Henry Story has created a string we should all post on our blogs so here we go:

13949712720901ForOSX

The first part of the string is the decimal notation for CAFEBABE - of course :-)
If you're interested in using Java 6 on OS X I highly recommend you do the same and soon enough googling for this string in your  prefered search engine will give you all the blogs that discuss this issue.

 

Monday Nov 13, 2006

Java is now Open Source!

Keeping our promise made a few months ago Java is now Open Source !

That’s great news and I think it will help drive adoption in the FSF/GPL world . The choice of the GPLv2 (with the so-called classpath exception to be precise) as opposed to CDDL is also a good one in my opinion as I know that many people were reluctant to use software based on anything else than GPL. At an open source project meeting I attended I also heard people hesitant of using J2EE or J2SE because it wasn’t open source and performance was an issue... Well now people will be able to go and improve the thing wherever they can/want.

My understanding is that the open-sourcing of Java will not change anything with regards to JCP. That’s good because there are many great projects currently going on there, in particular one I’m involved in: JSR279 (more on it in a subsequent post).

For more information, there is a one-stopper you should check (great video and FAQs).



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