nostradamus, the java-killer

Oh snap! Did I not call this one in my earlier post from twelve months ago pre-dating their announcement?

Riddled with security bugs, an A-list of browsers disabling it by default and the smack-down from the Dept. of Homeland Security advising everyone to disable it, Oracle is licking its wounds in this war-of-the-big-boys.

“Oracle plans to deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9. This technology will be removed from the Oracle JDK and JRE in a future Java SE release.”

Show me the money

There are some big players in the development platform space. And they’re up against the world of open source now and I’m sure that’s got them running a bit scared, even if they are huge in size.

showmethemoney

Each of these players is pushing their own ideas about how the future coder will do their job. At stake are monies in the advertisement space (search engines, for example); streaming and provisioned content (iTunes); as well as the very tangible aspects of software compatibility with their collection of products.  And of course, there’s Amazon, eBay and even Wal-Mart who each have their own ideas about all this.

Trust me, these players are obsessed at the moment with the world of open source and it wouldn’t be surprising to me if, say, Google or Apple were to buy out jQuery or MongoDB or even MySql. To own the tiny development company behind something like this is to own its future. Think about it, if you were John Resig of jQuery and Google opened up their checkbook would you roll over on the community and sell out? How many millions would it take before you did?

Strategy

I guess my advice is to learn and use several good platforms and keep them in your toolbelt, so-to-speak. But don’t embed everything you do with any single tool or you will find yourself obsolete as a coder.

In my past I’ve learned MS-DOS, assembly language, BASIC, ARCnet, WordPerfect, NetWare, the earliest Microsoft Windows, Token-Ring, OS/2, Ethernet, Borland Pascal, C programming, etc, etc, etc. As indicated though, some of these skills are no longer useful so it’s important every month of your career to look for the signs of a dying technology. The way I do this is to follow the big money, watch these “poker players” for any tell-tale signs that they’re about to make a bold move. Obviously, most of the big players didn’t like Java and it was only a matter of time. If you were cynical you could even imagine Microsoft paying security companies to find and publish Java-related flaws.

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Oracle says they’re pulling Java • Oracle’s blog entryAn embarrassing/deleted blog post from Oracle’s CSO

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