This isn’t all that unexpected coming from Apple, but the Java runtime that ships with OS X is being deprecated. This doesn’t mean Java won’t run on OS X (like flash won’t run on an iPhone), but it does mean Apple isn’t going to continue spending their resources on providing a native JRE. I think this is probably an okay move for Apple. Back in the day when Apple had to be an attractive platform it was important to make nice with the other open platform technologies like Java and Flash. But these days things are a bit different, as Apple is starting to build momentum it’s important to choose alliances like this wisely. Oracle isn’t very forthcoming about their plans for the technologies they acquired from Sun, which I think is a huge mistake on their part. At least Apple is giving the development community advanced notice on this.
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