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Oracle and Java: Plans to Obsolete Java?

By Dick Weisinger

With JavaOne 2015 only a few weeks away, some are questioning Oracle’s commitment to Java.

In early September, there were numerous rumours that Oracle had laid off many or all of their Java evangelist team.  The speculated rationale for the move is that Java has matured and is frequently being by-passed by other technologies for web and cloud development.

On hearing that the evangelists were let go, Kirk Pepperdine, Java Champion, tweeted: “Unsettling event at Oracle. All of the Java evangelists have been let go. Sad this happened to a great dedicated enthusiastic group.”

An article last Friday on InfoWorld by Paul Krill reports receiving an email from a former high-ranking Java official.  The email, titled  “Java — planned obsolescence”, says that “Java has no interest to them [Oracle] anymore” — Oracle is now positioning itself instead to compete in the Cloud against companies like and Java isn’t part of that plan.  The letter said that Oracle has a winner take all philosophy and preferred not to collaborate on technology.




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