Oracle has outlined a plan for the next version of Java used in application servers that makes it clear that, for once, the giant needs other peoples' help. The database giant has published Java Specification Request (JSR) 342, intended to convert Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 7 into a building block of cloud services. Java …
People seem quite quick to sledge Java these days, usually for good reason. I've been using Java since version 1.0 (as a student back then - those were the days...) and still quite like it for building solutions where the language fits the domain or problem well.
I personally don't like that Oracle control Java now. However, isn't there some good news in the changes they're looking at introducing? In many large organisations, access to newer tools & languages simply aren't an option for project teams - so at least there is light at the end of the tunnel in using JEE to solve problems more effectively than is available today. I don't recall having any decent JEE roadmaps before the hand over. Maybe there was, but I just didn't know about them...
I'm not endorsing Oracle's approach to stake holder management / community engagement for a second. I'm also not saying I think they can succeed in this task of keeping the language relevant. I do hold this hope that it can start heading in the right direction though, and ASF or Oracle offer a palm leaf soon. Oracle not suing the crap out of others, and realising the community can help them move forward on more than just this would be a nice change of course too. It would also be incredibly interesting to know the 'real reason' Sun then Oracle think they can't give the compatability kit to ASF. I get the sense there is some liability that would be exposed... I just don't get it with what we know at the moment.
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