Re: Author is Dead Wrong
Additionally, if the argument put forward in the article is to hold, then Oracle can also be sued by Nokia Bell Labs for copying C/C++-like commands and stdlib calls and syntax. I think most people would agree that this argument is unsustainable... every advance in programming languages is built upon the previous generation*, whether the lawyers like it or not.
Computer programming has a nomenclature, how many ways of saying printf and re-arranging the arguments do you a) want or b) even need? That crap just isn't necessary, increases learning time, and just detracts from the advances made in the rest of the language. Not allowing the use of this nomenclature means that language development comes to a screeching halt.
* Okay, so whether Java is an advance on C++ is extremely debatable, but it came later.