Posts Tagged ‘java’

So glad we don’t use Java

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Interesting news regarding litigation around Java intellectual property (IP) today:

eff.org

Basically the courts are bouncing back and forth decisions regarding a lawsuit between Google and Oracle regarding ownership and use of the specifications for the Java API.

I’m not a lawyer, but generally I think that languages and runtime environments are well adopted if they are open and unencumbered. Nobody claims copyright over C or stdlib, for example.

Oracle has – unsurprisingly given its corporate culture – tried to make as much as possible of the Java ecosystem proprietary, so that they can generate license fees from this asset. This should cause many developers to think twice about investing in this platform — since there is a risk of undefined fees in your future.

Tread with caution. Not only is Java a terrible platform for performance, it turns out that it’s also at risk of becoming increasingly proprietary. Not a healthy place to develop.

Good corporate citizenship…

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Wow – we used to think of Microsoft as a scary company.

In just one week Oracle has promised to eliminate live source code repositories for OpenSolaris, effectively making it “not quite open” (blogspot.com) and filed a lawsuit against Google over its use of the Java programming language (www.computerworld.com).

Nice to see that they are putting Sun’s assets to good use.

To the folks at Oracle: is this the sort of behavior that your customers ask for?