I knew it would happen eventually! It’s not unexpected.
Oracle was 100% bound to screw Java over. Bound to. never had a skerrick of doubt.
The first strike (not really Oracle’s fault but it is out there and needed proper management): a spooked community. Java devs are loyal beasties and really wanted some “warm fuzzies” from Oracle. They got squat. All those third-party organisations that based their products or enterprise strategies around the Java platform wanted assurance of a light touch. Did they get it…hah!
Instead, they got…
The third strike has now arrived: Google backing out of JavaOne. Hear that sound? That’s the thunder of a community running away. Way to go, Oracle!
We all know that three strikes and you’re out…
Where to now?
Time to start polishing my C#?
Haven’t used Objective-C since the NeXT days, but maybe an iPhone betting game would be a winner: “What stupid thing will Oracle do next?” I envisage some neat graphics: an animated Larry sailing around on a ocean of lawyers, occasionally dumping assets overboard…The winner each week would get the major prize: a cup of cold instant coffee; all the other players would have to reboot their devices.