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.
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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.