Friday, August 20, 2010

Is Oracle the Java killer?

Probably not. Java is too strong to be killed.
I posted the following answer to the question:

Will Oracle's lawsuit Against Google Put a Chill on Java Adoption? asked in ebizQ SOA Forum

When Oracle acquired Sun, I thought it was a wrong

decision (read my post: Vendors Survival:The Sun is red - Oracle to buy Sun First Take ).

It seems that Oracle's managers reached a similar 

conclusion and are trying to minimize the amount of

money they lose. The lawsuit against Google is one 

of the ways to achieve it. However, this lawsuit 

supports the concerns about Java after Oracle 

acquired Sun.

The delicate balance of the Java community with two 

strong players (IBM and BEA), Sun as the owner of 

Java and leader of the Java Community Process and 

other strong players (Oracle, SAP, RedHat/Jboss etc.) no longer exists.

Oracle swallowed BEA and Sun and is now the owner 

of Java. Java will not disappear: It is still popular 

language and environment, especially for Software 

products developers, because of its platform 

independence. However, the major Java players will 

probably ask the question: Against which competitor 

Oracle's next lawsuit will be? IBM? SAP? or even 

RedHat due to Linux competition. 

For the Long Term they will look for a strategy less 

dependent on Java and Oracle. It is easy for SAP 

because they are platform agnostic. SAP can easily 

develop SOA ERP Services in other programming 

languages e.g. c#, as part of its applications 

products portfolio. 

It is more difficult for IBM and RedHat whose 

strategy is based on Java. As far as Google is 

concerned, it may also look for Long Term 

alternative for Java. The alternative may be Java 

like, same as C# and more suitable for Cloud 



Anonymous said...

Google have Go if they really want to drop Java

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