In the two months since Oracle absorbed Java pioneer Sun Microsystems, Java developers are not losing sleep over how Oracle has been handling the Java technology franchise, although they have some concerns. Last week's resignation of Java creator James Gosling, and his comment that "just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good," resurfaced those fears.
Still, by and large, Java developers that InfoWorld has spoken to are content with Oracle's stewardship thus far.
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- "They're keeping things moving in the right direction" and listening to the Java community, says Blaise Lapinski, a senior solutions architect at call center technologist Convergys.
- "I don't have concerns" about Oracle taking over Java, says Ryan Winger, a software engineer at United Services Automobile Association. "I think Java will still thrive."
- "I haven't noticed a difference" since Oracle took over, says Tim Morrow, a senior architect at comparison shopping site Shopzilla. "We're actually a pretty big Oracle shop, and we're kind of bought into them," he notes.
- "I don't worry about what Oracle's going to do with [Java]," says Zahir Masud, a senior developer for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. There are so many developers leveraging Java, it would be to Oracle's disadvantage to consider closing the platform at this point, he adds.
What concerns developers about Oracle's Java stewardship
But some developers confide that they have or have had reservations.
"Oracle's been a good contributor to the Java community for a while, so I'm hoping [Oracle's Sun takeover] is not really that impactful -- but it still remains to be seen," says Frank Maritato, director of infrastructure services and a Java developer at AT&T Interactive.
"When I first heard [of the merger], I was very concerned," says Elliott Baron, an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. "I use OpenJDK [Java Development Kit] on my machine, so it would have very big implications if they were to shut down OpenJDK and we were just stuck with proprietary Java," Baron says. Oracle, however, has given no indication of doing anything like this, he notes.