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Will we see Java on the iPhone?
Asked by chrisbryant
Posted Mar 15 2010 10:06 AM
I know a lot of us are waiting to hear whether the Oracle merge with Sun may generate new roadmap changes in terms of support negotiation with Apple regarding the running of Java and apps written in Java on the iPhone. What are some opinions or knowledge out there as to where the talks that were going on between Sun and Apple may go with Oracle now the new Java steward?
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Answered by Alasdair Allan
Posted Mar 17 2010 11:20 AM
I'm going to be really surprised if Java ends up on the iPhone. Steve's opinion of Java is well known, he has been reported as saying:
Java [is] not worth building in [to the phone]. Nobody uses Java anymore. It's this big heavyweight ball and chain.
Answered by zigurd
Posted Mar 17 2010 02:08 PM
I don't see that happening. Modern smartphone OSs have a tightly integrated application system consisting of a modern managed language and runtime, class libraries, and development tools. For iPhone and Android, the platform vendors would have to do a lot of work to accommodate different languages.
Maybe you will see multi-language application development support in Windows Phone 7, since Visual Studio and .NET support multiple languages.
Comment by adfm : Mar 19 2010 03:40 PM
If you're a Java developer Android is the way to go. If you haven't seen Java on the iPhone yet, what makes you think it will ever show up on the platform?