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No Free Lunch

Tim Bray is disappointed about the reaction to Java's imminent open sourcing. The depth of antipathy held towards Java by some of the OSS crowd is... well, that Blackdown thing sure left a scar.

And if you've ever had the pleasure of typing in a JSR API from the spec, because of Sun's bizarre licences, well, what are you supposed to say to that? Except be thankful those days are coming to an end.

The ASF likes Java, despite typing in a fair share of APIs in their time. I went through the ApacheCon, agenda today, and there's tonnes of it going on in the Burlo next month. It's wall to wall OSGi, MyFaces, Portlets and Any old Java CMS*, with the odd PHP and httpd.conf bit tucked in. And Maven too.

I guess the main thing is to mush on before the LAMP crowd accelerate away from the JVM entirely.

* The ASF have a good few CMS type things written in Java, none of them seem complete or obviously "in front". What's up with that?

And does anyone else think JSR170 is the Java API for ZODB?

May 22, 2006 08:06 PM


Paul Browne
(May 23, 2006 12:24 PM #)

Just as well that Java is open source , as the Sun business model is not looking too good- Article from the Economist

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Bill de hOra
(May 23, 2006 05:03 PM #)

Ouch, not often you see the Economist as scathing as that :(

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