Linked by Rahul on Fri 31st Jul 2009 21:59 UTC
Java In this exclusive interview, Rich Sharples, Product Management Director at Red Hat, talks about OpenJDK. the free and open source implementation of the Java SE platform. The IcedTea project, one of Red Hat's major contributions to the OpenJDK ecosystem, has done a great deal to enable upstream adoption of Java on the Linux platform; however, the question remains whether Java would've been more ubiquitous throughout the Linux universe had Sun open sourced Java much sooner than it actually did. Rich discusses some of these issues and talks about some of the new features in OpenJDK 7, as well as the impact that dynamic languages, increased modularity and virtualization will have on the Java platform. He also describes the impact he thinks Oracle's acquisition will have on licensing options around OpenJDK.
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RE: irrelevant past question?
by boofar on Sun 2nd Aug 2009 19:39 UTC in reply to "irrelevant past question?"
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Regarding bindings for native libraries, I've recently had the pleasure of trying out JNA ( which makes it really easy to call native libraries. Instead of writing heaps of ugly c/jni code you only need to define an ordinary java interface that matches (a subset of) the library's header file. All the stuff like pointers, structures, function pointers, etc is handled quite naturally. I haven't tried it on anything very complex though (or anything c++).

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