Wednesday, September 8, 2010

JDK 7 slips again

Mark Reinhold has finally said what everyone's known for a while: JDK 7 won't be shipping this year; the currently-posted schedule just isn't happening.

Frankly, it's not clear that this matters. The future of Java is completely unclear, from mergers and lawsuits, to the scattering of the core JDK team, to the questions of whether Java is or isn't open source, to the overall shifting of the development landscape to mobile devices, the web, and HTML 5.

I'm glad they're trying to be open and engage the community, and I wish them well, but it's awfully hard to understand where Java is going and what it's trying to achieve at this point.

Update: Jeremy Manson says that Plan B, if adopted, is a good thing, for at least some of the work done prior to the Oracle acquisition might actually be finished and released.

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