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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RE[3]: What's thisJava thing?
by bryanv on Thu 24th Jan 2008 19:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: What's thisJava thing?"
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Then you're a very, very lucky person.

Since I went to school and got my degree, I have been inundated with Java. In school, nearly 40% of our CS classes used Java to teach with. This is a growing trend, like it or not.

Low-level coding skills are becoming more scare among graduates. Attracting developers to a platform requires the availability to use high-level languages with rich API's and burgeoning communities around them.

The successful Operating Systems that exist on your desktop, servers, and any other computer you come in contact with ship with manuals, marketing, and solid API's. The wildly successful OS's come with API's that are familiar, have a vocal support base, and are reasonably mature.

You can carve out a niche without mainstream high-level support. You'll attract developers who develop for the love of the code. But without major marketing horsepower, without incredibly compelling paradigms, you'll never attain the critical mass of developer interest required to catapult your little platform out of the shadows and into the mainstream.

Getting Java on Haiku isn't just about running Java programs. It's about making Haiku a viable alternative for thousands of CS students, professionals, and hobbyists. Weather you like it or not, there are millions of skilled Java developers. How many skilled C++ developers know the BeAPI? How many people can use C++ & the BeAPI to write code for their day-job? How people many could code in Java for their day-job? How many do?

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