Does Java Speak for Itself?
At Oracle OpenWorld last week, it was suggested that, with regard to the Oracle and Sun merger, "Java speaks for itself." I wasn't at Oracle OpenWorld myself, but, for example, Josh Fruhlinger reported Sun's Scott McNealy as saying that Oracle's existing use of Java "speaks for itself."
Meanwhile, Java Champion Bert Ertman, in his Impressions from Oracle OpenWorld: "Is Oracle good for Java?" post, wrote:
the official statement being made by Sun’s Scott McNeally and Oracle’s Larry Ellison is: "Java speaks for itself."
However, Bert finds something a bit awry in this statement, as he goes on to say:
But does it? In fact, I seriously doubt that it does so within Oracle. So far the people from Oracle that I met express a friendly, almost fatherly interest in Java, but they compare it to integrating the Hyperion Query Language into the Oracle stack. They see Java as just another ‘product’ from Sun and not as the Java platform and ecosystem that it is. So, if Java is speaking for itself within Oracle, than it’s no doubt sending them the wrong message!
JUG leader Abdelmonaim Renami, who was also in attendance at Oracle OpenWorld, sees things differently. In his post Oracle/Sun Merger: A Community Perspective, Abdelmonaim writes:
In the key note, Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, hit the bull’s eye when he was quoted as saying that “Java speaks for itself”. I have to admit that many people didn’t like his answer and considered it ambiguous and unclear, but a deeper look would reveal that it is, indeed, a well-thought-of statement. Java has truly become in the hand of its community; be it the JCP or the contributors to the OpenJDK project. The decisions about the future of the platform are now made uniformly by literally whoever is interested developing it. Doesn’t that mean that it speaks for itself?
It's an interesting question. Does Java in fact "speak for itself" within the context of the Oracle acquistion of Sun? What's your view?
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