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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Did Apple just kill Java (on 10.7)?

beaTunes2 logoAccording to the latest Java SDK release notes:

As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated.

This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products.

beaTunes is written in Java.

After initially being very enthusiastic about Java, Apple over years reduced support more and more and apparently is now going to kill it (in a couple of years).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a worry, that's for sure.

October 21, 2010 at 7:15:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guess apple and Oracle will made an OpenJDK for Mac

November 12, 2010 at 4:25:00 PM EST  
Blogger beaTunes said...

Yep, here's the press release.

November 14, 2010 at 3:02:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like bad news became really really good news.

November 19, 2010 at 12:24:00 AM EST  
Blogger beaTunes said...

Yes - I'm quite excited about this and really hope they succeed. This has the potential of becoming a real improvement to what we had before, i.e. release cycles tied to OS releases and a general lag behind all other platforms.

However, as well as Apple stages product announcements, it absolutely failed in its communication strategy when it comes to Java. Simply put: unprofessional.

I'm not impressed.

November 19, 2010 at 4:10:00 AM EST  

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