Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Why Java needs Oracle

By filing a patent lawsuit against Google over its Java-like implementation, Oracle probably made itself the world's least liked software company. After all, Java itself is an open standard, open source platform that is ill-served by exclusive legal claims, right? Yet perversely, I think this patent lawsuit demonstrates why Java needs Oracle.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

MissingLight 2.0 for BlackBerry

I released version 2.0 of my MissingLight BlackBerry app a few weeks ago. This blog entry provides the background for this release.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Oracle vs Google: in search of a silver lining on Android

There is little to cheer about when the stewards of two of the most important application platforms in the industry, Oracle of Java and Google of Android, decide to fight it out in the courts. Oracle's lawsuit threatens both platforms: the publicity and "bad guy" image hurts Java, and the legal uncertainty hurts Android. It seems a lose-lose situation, doesn't it? Nevertheless, I still hope for a positive outcome for the Java world.