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According to this report, Oracle is suing Google over the use of Java in its Android operating system and applications. It hasn't been that long since Oracle bought Sun, and with it gained a controlling interest in the way the Java license is interpreted. On the one hand, it seems unlikely that this suit will go anywhere. On the other hand, by betting your operating system and application strategy on a run time environment that is controlled by one of your top competitors, you are only asking for trouble.
Since Oracle bought out Sun, I've personally made sure to remember to always call it "Oracle Java" when commenting to IBM people about it. Most at IBM know that's just my way of being a bit of a jerk about how much I don't like anything related to J2EE -- but isn't it interesting that the old man may just know something about the industry after all?
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As long as there's one unencumbered JVM, all will be well. There's been a lot
of programming language innovation on the JVM the past few years, with the
notable exception of Java. Java 7 does add the first new bytecode ever to the
JVM (it's for the dynamically typed languages). The question is, will we ever
see Java 7? I say it doesn't matter. As long as the JVM is freely available, as
in source beer, the Java language can go dormant as in Lotusscript. There are
good alternatives. Of course, the lawsuit is apparently mostly about JVM
implementation patents and copyright. We'll see.