It works for Java developers . . .
Oracle has got no choice but to get it right on Java, according to Java founder James Gosling, who has voiced some support for the database giant's proposed changes. According to Infoworld, Gosling is told told TheServerSide Java Symposium that with a large part of Oracle's business dependent on Java, "it's in their own self …
'Oracle won't break Java because they use it'.
No, Oracle won't break the Java they're using. Or at least, they'll try not to.
Now on what part of Oracle's proud history do you base the conclusion that they would also want to make sure that everyone else's Java-dependent business keeps going?
IIRC for a long time Sun did forbid any other language to output Java byte code, in its design Java and the JVM were strictly tied. IIRC Borland many years ago demonstrated a Delphi compiler that could output Java byte code, but then abandoned the project because of licensing issues. Now that .NET demonstrated a VM can be used by different languages and they lost ground to MS Gosling has changed is mind?
It's an open question -- searching around didn't find me anything, so we can't really guess at what changed his mind (maybe .NET did it, but it could equally likely have been something else).
I see a lot of interesting languages that make use of JVM: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_JVM_languages>.
Huh. I understand the interest in JVMing some of them, but REXX?
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