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Java is on its way to become mostly GPL but is it too late?


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Is this Editorial for Real

Anonymous's picture

There are so many things wrong with this article, I don't know where to begin.

On the topic of WORA, though Java may aim for WORA, it falls short; wherever Sun or other commercial companies invest in R&D is what is supported. I don't see a rush of support for Mac OS 9, FreeBSD, or OS/2. With open source projects like Mono, it can be supported wherever the community desires to support, not at the whim of commercial companies. Additionally, many implementations, such as on HP-UX or other Unices, never quite work correctly for some APIs. In the Java community, it is often joked about WOTE (Write-Once, Test Everywhere).

When talking of platform-specific Java extension, what does he think AWT is? It has platform specific components to get it to work with GDI, Xorg, or Quartz. The argument about supporting USB or Firewire doesn't seem to hold water.

On the note of "Mono team is dead set on providing non-WORA functions by playing catchup with Windows API portion of .NET"? I'm not sure where he's coming from on this. Before to run Windows Forms, one had to use WINE, but it has been fully implement and is cross platform. Mud slinging to the Mono team is both ignorant and unsupportive of the spirit of open source and the whole bazaar concept.

He mentions that GPL-ization will solve all our problems but they can make them worse if there is no leadership in the Java community and we get tons of variant Java implementations.

In the end, he shares his struggles about Java, which sort of indicates his bias toward the Java language, and thus the Java platform. I love the concept of WORA, which is what .Net is about through ECMA standards, but I don't want to be forced or strong-armed particular language, especially IMHO a syntactically limited, gaudy or wordy language that takes pages to do small chores (ok, I'm a Perl programmer, what can I say). With .Net, you can choose your language, and inherit objects between languages on the CLR virtual machine, whereas Java VM only has mainly one language: Java.

Yo también considero que

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Yo también considero que este articulo esta lleno de errores que solamente dejan al descubierto la falta de conocimiento por parte del autor acerca del proyecto MONO, de lo que es capaz de hacer MONO en la actualiad y el soporte que tiene para los diferentes SO que soporta.

MONO es una realidad y es multi plataforma eso es un hecho. El autor solamente refleja su profundo fanatismo y apego a java sin tener conocimiento de lo que critica.

En todo internet podemos ver muchos articulos como estos cuyo propósito es confundir y mal informar a los lectores acerca de los grandes esfuerzos y resultados exitosos que ha alcanzado MONO.

Mi consejo es que no se dejen llevar por el criterio de otras personas y que comprueben ustedes mismos los hechos....

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