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BLOG: Abandon Java? Community says it ain't going to happen

Paul Krill | Sept. 14, 2012
Security flaws and delays in the next version paint a picture of decline that supporters say isn't true

Even if companies wanted to abandon Java, a simple reality would end such talk if it ever turned serious: "The costs of fixing Java are much lower than the cost of moving to alternatives," says Brian Maccaba, CEO of Waratek, which offers the Warratek Cloud VM for Java. Oracle may have stalled a bit on cloud capabilities for Java, but others like Waratek are moving in that direction.

There are a lot of issues to deal with in developing multitenancy and elasticity for cloud computing, says Todd Williams, vice president of technology at Genuitec and a Java developer himself. "Honestly, I would rather see them get the spec right than get the spec earlier." As far as Java suffering from security issues with unpatched vulnerabilities, Williams notes that a popular platform like Java is going to face some malicious code. "This is the first time I think we've ever seen a really serious exploit in Java."

It is likely that any reports of Java's imminent death are premature -- perhaps dramatically so. "From my experience, Java seems to be picking up again," Chandler says. "As head of the Tulsa Java Developers group, I'm contacted constantly by recruiters looking to deal with a much higher demand locally than we've seen for several years."


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