Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Oct 2010 09:13 UTC
Mac OS X After the news that the new MacBook Airs do not ship with Flash pre-installed (which is news considering Flash has been part of Mac OS X for a very long time), we now have news that Apple is also taking what appears to be the first steps towards removing Apple's own Java runtime from Mac OS X.
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RE[3]: Apple drops Java Support
by Moochman on Thu 21st Oct 2010 19:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Apple drops Java Support"
Moochman
Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah, but supporting the Mac isn't the same as supporting the Mac.

To make it clear: Every non-Apple release of Java for Mac to date has been based on the X server. There are no native widgets, and most apps end up looking like complete ass.

So the current OpenJDK support for Mac is not a real solution by any stretch of the imagination, except maybe for server applications. Let's hope Oracle puts its Cocoa native widgets in a row, or manages to somehow get their hands on Apple's old code....

Edited 2010-10-21 20:02 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah. I know. That's the lack of Cocoa bindings.The real solution is to not have used the Apple Java in the first place.

I know it was tempting as it was a nice language, that many devs already knew and using it on a Mac with the Apple Java made the Java interfaces look good. An all time best for Java. But, it took them forever to release Java 6 for Apple. That should have been the signal to everyone that its future on the platform was not going to be long lived.

Java is now a Second Class citizen on the mac. Just like it is on every other desktop.

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