vrijdag, november 17, 2006

The Real Java Milestone

I honestly don’t know what to think of it. Sun finally released its Java code to the open source community. According to Sun’s Executive VP Rich Green this signifies nothing less than a ‘milestone for the whole industry’. That’s definitely one way to put it. Others might add that it is also confirming something we already knew for some time: there is simply no way you can make money with developing and maintaining a programming language.

Anyway. So it’s a milestone. I guess that fits seamlessly in the huge pile of remarkable moments that we have shared with Java in the past ten years or so.

It’s just that I’m still hesitating to determine what exactly are the most impressive milestones.

Maybe it is the appearance of the first applets: these miserable pieces of code that took far too long to load in your browser and then treated you to mannered animations or a laughable attempt to make something resemble like an input dialog. With the advent of applets, the still young principles behind the lightweight browser lost their innocence for good. And judging by the screaming cacophony of non-standardised, yet very arty ‘plug-in’ user-interfaces in the browser of 2006 (thanks to all the enthusiastic followers that brought us ActiveX and Flash), this historic Java moment still echoes every day.

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