Linked by snydeq on Fri 29th Jan 2010 15:59 UTC
Java Any doubts regarding Oracle's stewardship of Java were dispelled yesterday, as Ellison and company have made it clear that they are very interested in making Java an even stronger alternative to .Net, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister. "We have the money to invest in Java, because Java is a very profitable business for us already," said Ellison, whose plan for integrating Sun technology is ambitious, serving an even more ambitious goal: to create a soup-to-nuts tech juggernaut akin to IBM in the 1960s. Java will remain a key component of this push, with a new Java runtime, greater modularity, better support for non-Java languages, improved performance, and multicore-optimized garbage collection in the works, McAllister writes. Also revealed are plans to unify the Java SE and Java ME programming models and APIs and to enable JVM to run natively on hypervisors, allowing developers to run multiple Java instances on a single virtualized server.
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My 2c
by Ventajou on Fri 29th Jan 2010 18:54 UTC
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I mostly use Windows and I can't tell when I'm using a .Net app because it behaves just like a "native" one. But if I look for some piece of free software to do something specific, I try to stay away from java apps because I always expect something that doesn't integrate well with the desktop, with weird file open/save dialogs etc... Now they might look better nowadays but I see so few java apps anyways that I wouldn't know.

Also from what I can gather there is no equivalent to Visual Studio for java. Visual Studio Express has been available for a while now and it's completely free. You install it and then you're ready to code right away. It might be a bit heavy on resources but it just works. That and the msdn documentation makes .Net (and Windows) development a pleasure.

Then again, Oracle's objectives might have nothing to do with desktop app development. They're probably more interested in the "line of business" stuff...

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