Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 22:05 UTC, submitted by koki
BeOS & Derivatives The OpenJDK Porters Group approved by a unanimous vote the proposal submitted by the recently formed Haiku Java Team to port OpenJDK to Haiku. This makes Haiku the first OS platform to be sponsored by the Porters Group, and it means that the port is now officially part of the OpenJDK family of projects endorsed by Sun. The team already has a mailing list and a project home page; a mercurial repository is also on its way. Team lead Bryan Varner gives his latest update here on his blog.
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JDK 1.4?
by CaptainPinko on Thu 24th Jan 2008 06:20 UTC
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First of all I am excited about this mostly for what this will mean for Java than Haiku itself. Every subsequent port should get easier and easier. One day I hope for a port optimized for the PS3! ;)

But first two questions:

1) Why port a JDK and not just focus on the JRE first? It seems like an unecessary distraction. It's better for end-users to get applications running then to be able to code them.

2) Why 1.4? 1.5 is such a large leap ahead that it seems like they will be missing a lot by not aiming for that. I wouldn't support a Java 1.4 app w/o a large $$$ incentive just for the loss of Generics alone. It seems like the most sensible think would be to port Java 7 so that when the port is done it's update and that they can contribute towards the development of Java 7 itself.

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