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As Oracle Sues Google Over Java, Developers Move to Other Languages

'Java won't die; it will limp along,' one source says, but it has 'hit the complexity wall.'


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Oracle is suing Google over its use of Java in its Android smartphone operating system. Some developers now believe the risk that Oracle is going to either sue or raise licensing fees for all Java users, not just Google, is high enough that they need to investigate and eventually move to other languages.

Dylan Hardison, a software developer for a small firm in Tampa, Florida, says his employer, once a Perl-oriented shop that also did a large amount of Java development, is now "...seeing a lot more C# work than Java work."

[login] He and his coworkers have also noticed an uptick in client demand for C# -- and also the Novell-sponsored open source C# clone Mono, which Hardison says is now "...widely used; on the Wii for instance."



Chris Nandor, one of the programmers behind the code that runs geek discussion Web site Slashdot.org, sees Java as easy to replace if Oracle saddles it with high fees or onerous licensing terms. He sees Java being dumped in favor of "C++, C#, ObjC, Python or Ruby, depending on the context."

Hardison says a number of his employer's customers are starting to want their Web applications written in .NET, too, including many whose previous iterations were coded in Java.

Oracle isn't the only reason to leave Java behind

A Tampa-area developer we can't quote by name without risking his job says, "Java won't die; it will limp along. But Java has hit the complexity wall."

He believes that even without Oracle's efforts to muddy Java's future, it is on its way out because "humans now consider Java too complex to learn in its entirety. We have moved onto the next evolution, with other, simpler, more flexible languages that layer on top of it. Case in point: JRuby.

Our anonymous source says, in general, that Oracle is "destroying Java and Sun to make a quick buck. They are ostracizing themselves in the Open Source community by doing so," and, "as enterprises move into the cloud, Oracle and their solutions will lose favor to simplified home-brew agile tdd/bdd developed codebases."



   
Robin 'Roblimo' Miller is a writer, editor, and online community builder; author of three IT-related books; and a skilled video director, editor, and producer. He's been covering technology, politics, and business since 1985 for assorted print and online publications, and was a Slashdot editor for 10 years under his "Roblimo" nom de net.
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