Oracle, Apple make up over Java, unveil OpenJDK project for Mac

Oracle, Apple make up over Java, unveil OpenJDK project for Mac

Summary: Oracle and Apple said that they have formed the OpenJDK project in a move that will give Java a stable port on the Mac OS X.

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Oracle and Apple on Friday announced the OpenJDK project in a move that will give Java a stable port on the Mac OS X.

There are a lot of ways to read between the lines on this Oracle-Apple agreement. Under the terms of the deal, Apple will contribute components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X. This implementation includes a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client.

From there, OpenJDK will make Apple’s Java technology available to open source developers.

So what's the big deal? When Apple Steve Jobs unveiled the Mac App Store last month, the review guidelines dinged "deprecated" technologies such as Java. That raised a flurry of speculation about the future of Java on Apple. Also see: Apple unbundles Flash Player from Mac OS X; Java next

This agreement could head those concerns off. Java on the Mac was neglected and now the OpenJDK can bring it up to speed.

The other way to read this is that Oracle blinked. Apple could have just said no Java on the Mac App Store. Now there appears to be a happy ending for Java.

Apple confirmed it will allow Java SE 6 to continue on upcoming Mac OS versions---Lion.

Oracle said it will make available Java SE 7 and future versions for the Mac (basically saying it won't neglect Apple again).

And everyone has quotes about how things are cross platform and wonderful. Oracle also touted that IBM is in the OpenJDK club too.

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  • looks more like favour from a buddy to me

    Job$ and Elli$on are friends.
    Linux Geek
    • Lo$ers always stick together.

      @Linux Geek ... They figure a gang bang on the customer is more fun.
      Reality Bites
  • RE: Oracle, Apple make up over Java, unveil OpenJDK project for Mac

    It won't matter if Apache bails, Java will die.
    wraith404
    • Let's hope so.

      @wraith404
      Reality Bites
    • Not sure what you're alluding to

      @wraith404
      Not sure I understand your point. IBM pretty much pulled out of Harmony and are onboard with Oracle to use OpenJDK. Apache will go along. Apache's beef is with the JCP, not Java itself. Now, saying that the JCP is virtually dead might have some truth to it although it's too early to say.
      Eleutherios
  • What a pity, the java virus should be allowed to die.

    Just Another Virus Application. Java has sucked from the first app to the last. At least they are consistent in maintaining the level of crapware.
    Reality Bites
    • RE: Oracle, Apple make up over Java, unveil OpenJDK project for Mac

      @Reality Bites <br>How short sighted and naive must one be to judge the merits of an application based on the framework it's developed in?<br><br>I'm not a big Java fan either, but if you're saying an application sucks because it's written in java, then your logic speaks of someone who has no idea of how software is developed. It certainly doesn't have the raw performance power of C++, it's not as elegant as python or ruby, and it doesn't have a syntax as powerful as C#. But that has nothing to do with the quality of the programs written with it.<br><br>I've seen plenty of fine apps written in Java. Modern versions of java compile to native code, which means applications written in it usually perform well. And while still not faster than C++, most applications don't have to be.. which makes java a very viable option for many cases.
      PolymorphicNinja
      • RE: Oracle, Apple make up over Java, unveil OpenJDK project for Mac

        @PolymorphicNinja I really don't like C#, and I think Microsoft put in this language everything they thought would be trendy, leading to a nightmare IMO. And people criticize Java as begin complex now !
        atari_z
  • RE: Oracle, Apple make up over Java, unveil OpenJDK project for Mac

    It's great news, but there are alternatives, for example SoyLatte, which runs fine as it is on OS X. Now for those posters denigrating Java... Java is still the most widespread language worldwide. It's IBM's and Oracle's strategic language and platform. Now, I agree that Java as a desktop proposition on the Mac is bit of an oddity since Mac clients would look much better in Obj-C / Cocoa, but as far as server-side applications, Java doesn't have much competition (except, of course, .NET on MS platforms).
    Eleutherios
  • It's not wise to ignore Apple these days

    MS may still be king of the corporate hill, but Apple has the momentum in the consumer market. Any company wanting to enjoy this market (and the profits it generates) will not ignore Apple these days.

    If you're a competitor of Apple then you're gonna get caught with your pants down - and loose some fo your good margin business to them.

    If you're a developer you simply miss out of the dynamic market these days.
    Ken_z
  • Oracle makes nice with Apple. What about Apache?

    So Oracle made nice with Apple. What about Apache?<br><br>There is big business ($$) in Apache implementations for serving enterprise needs. Cloud computing is only the newest named application on this very long list.<br><br>For one thing, Apple MAC uses an Apache implementation for is web services on OS X (it comes with every MAC).<br><br>Apache servers are also used by extensively by IBM.<br><br>Will Oracle now be playing nice with Apache?
    daniel.pereznet
  • RE: Oracle, Apple make up over Java, unveil OpenJDK project for Mac

    Let's summarize. Concerns about Java on the Mac OS were headed off, which lead to a happy ending for Java.
    Master_G
  • RE: Oracle, Apple make up over Java, unveil OpenJDK project for Mac

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