Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 20:07 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Now, this is an interesting development in the ongoing war against Android. Oracle didn't just sue Google for allegedly infringing its Java patents; it also claimed copyright infringement. Oracle has amended its complaint, and, fair is fair, they've got the code to prove it: indeed, Android contains code that appears to be copied verbatim from Java - mind you, appears. However, the code in question comes straight from Apache's Harmony project, which raises the question - would a respected and long-established cornerstone of the open source world really accept tainted code in the first place?
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Maybe that...
by vodoomoth on Fri 29th Oct 2010 08:59 UTC
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... a good thing for Google to do would be to drop Java, creating a (slightly) different language that still targets their JVM? That would be an opportunity for a simpler syntax. Oracle can't sue over code resemblance... or can they? Just see how much Java looks like C++.

Google would create a converter, that would take Java code, output Google's X language code. C++ to Java and Java to C++ converters exist. So that shouldn't pose any problems either.

They would provide said language X in the SDK IDE if there's an IDE in the SDK and ask developers to switch languages and it'll all be done. If Apple could convert devs to Objective-C, Google too can succeed in doing that.

Not saying the lawsuit would suddenly stop but it's a way out of this morass that Google should have not put themselves in by creating a different VM, especially with openJDK available.

In the end, I'm just wondering why and how Google felt the need for Dalvik... weren't they calling for trouble?

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