Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th May 2012 18:04 UTC
Legal "If Judge William Alsup rules that APIs are subject to copyrights, he would overturn common wisdom in programming circles, potentially exposing many companies and developers who have built software platforms that openly mimic existing APIs. But that's not all. Such a ruling could shake things up for many other companies across the programming world and beyond." The fact we even have to worry about this speaks volumes about the state of the industry.
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java's future
by fran on Tue 15th May 2012 18:51 UTC
fran
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2010-08-06

Sorry, I know this is not stack overflow, but with such action will Oracle loose the good will of the programming community? i.e. will some programmers stop using it?
How does the competition compare, i.e. what could Google have used instead of Java?

One good thing I can see coming out of this case is that this will at least give some Java users a level certainty. And if Oracle looses it could actually be a good thing for Java?

Edited 2012-05-15 18:53 UTC

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RE: java's future
by shmerl on Tue 15th May 2012 23:04 in reply to "java's future"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

I general it's a bad thing for Java, since it's not a free language if its own API isn't free to use. Google could have used C++, JavaScript or whatever language free of corporate clutches. Java developers always knew there is a potential minefield of patents from Sun, but copyrightable API is just ridiculous.

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RE[2]: java's future
by jgagnon on Wed 16th May 2012 12:32 in reply to "RE: java's future"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

Personally, I would have hoped for them using Python.

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RE: java's future
by Soulbender on Wed 16th May 2012 05:10 in reply to "java's future"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

i.e. will some programmers stop using it?


We can only hope.

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