Could Oracle Save The Day With a Mac-Based Open JDK Stream?

What’s The Solution For Deprecated Java?

Jessica Thornsby

Bloggers propose that Oracle could give their PR a boost with an Open JDK based development stream for Mac OS X.

Apple’s decision to deprecate Java on the Mac and ban Java from
their upcoming App Store, is even more confusing when you take into
account just how popular the Mac is amongst the Java community.

Stefan Tilkov proposes a simple exercise for getting an
overview of the Mac’s popularity amongst Java devlopers: go to a
Java conference and look how many attendees are toting around a
Mac. “It’s anything between 20 and 75%, with something as high as
90% among speakers,” is his estimation. Michael Plöd agrees with him that “Java Developers love
Macs,” and estimates that 60-70% of his Java developer colleagues
use Macs. Stefan Tilkov throws more figures into the pot, revealing
that 40 of the 50 developers at innoQ are Mac OS X users, and
predicts that, following this announcement, “it’s likely none of
them will be anymore two or three years from now.”

So, why have Apple decided to leave this part of their customer
base out in the cold? Michael Plöd views iOS and the SDK for iPhone
and iPad as evidence that Apple favour Objective-C and Cocoa over
Java, and have recently been supporting Java only

Michael Plöd does see the potentional for Oracle to leverage
this situation to their advantage, though.

Mac OS X Server is not a common solution for hosting Java EE
applications, meaning that Oracle have little incentive to port
Java SE to the Mac. However, Oracle could potentionally launch an
Open JDK based development stream for Mac OS X. This would give
Oracle’s public image a much-needed boost – the Google lawsuit and
poaching IBM from the Harmony project have done little to reassure
the community as to Oracle’s intentions when it comes to Java. For
Michael Plöd, Java on the Mac can not only be salvaged, but it can
be transformed into a win-win situation: “Oracle wins in popularity
and states that they take Open JDK very serious; Apple wins by not
loosing a growing amount of good customers buying their big
machines; the Java Community wins by having a great new JDK that is
at the pace of time with regards to new versions.” Is a Mac-based
Open JDK development stream a likely outcome of this news? Or are
we about to see a whole lot less Macs at Java conferences?

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