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By estherschindler
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Published: Mar 15 2013 / 19:49

In an apparently uncontested move earlier this month, Enterprise Linux and JBoss vendor Red Hat announced it's assuming the stewardship of the open-source Java development project OpenJDK 6 -- an effort to extend the serviceable lifetime of the existing Java 6 platform. The company did not mince words, saying it took this step "to continue to help drive the future of Java and of OpenJDK."
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javawerks replied ago:

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Red Hat and JBoss are top players in the enterprise Java space? No. Tomcat is the number one J2EE/JEE servlet container, emphasis on servlet (or web profile) container. Tomcat was so lame that SpringSource had to significantly refactor it (into tcServer) for use in production. J2EE/JEE has long been dead. Just look at the job market (dice.com) to see how core Java and Spring dominate. Vendor shills are a fact of life. Ignore them.

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Miloskov replied ago:

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I agree if was not of Spring I will not use Java anymore. JEE6 and 7 have good stuff in it but the more supported and innovative stack is the Spring. Even JSF2 is looking like a dinosaur. If you see on the Microsoft stack all the eyes are into the MVC, Web API and Azure frameworks, ASP.Net Webforms still strong but not as before so JSF2 is the same case, Component based frameworks just promised but didn't deliver. So now I just use Spring MVC with Spring Data and JPA. and Of course Java Core.

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javawerks replied ago:

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My apologies for the Red Hat/JBoss rant on the obvious. For clarification on this news, though, surf over to infoq.com to read Cameron Purdy's remarks. I'm more disturbed by the Java community's stubbornness in sticking with Java 6 instead of moving on to Java 7. As a Java developer since 1997, I can't think of a time when the community didn't almost immediately adopt a new version of Java. The benefits were always obvious. Java 7 doesn't have closures, but it had enough to warrant a transition. Or so I thought 18 months ago. So is Ted Neward right in predicting that relatively few in the Java community will transition to Java 8? I'm beginning to think so, looking at the adoption rate of Java 7, which is minuscule. It's as though the Java community no longer has a passion for moving forward with technology. And I'm concerned. Is anyone else?

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Miloskov replied ago:

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I'm concerned too, Thats why this days Im doing more C# and .Net. a lot of C# shops are starting to use C# 5 with async and await features already. C# 5 have everything Linq, Lambdas, Closures, Delegates, Type inference correctly, Parallel and Async Stuff for collections and many many more. on the Web or Server side ASP.Net MVC 4 is awesome, Web API with oData also I can create with simple/easy SPA apps, Entity Framework 5 with new cache features and performance also awesome. C# evolves more fast and people embrace it with passion this latest tools. Java? as you said there is no passion anymore, everything is slow and well I see a lot of mistakes. Spring is doing awesome job bringing Spring 3.2, Spring Data, Rest, hadoop well a lot of innovation but Java is not keeping up with it. I think thats why Rod Johnson went with Scala. I think if you want passion and early adoption is Scala now. I touched Scala just once looks a cool language to work with but now as I said Im more into C#.

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Miloskov replied ago:

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By the way: Java is controlled by Oracle. C# is controlled by Microsoft. Oracle gives a $hit about OpenJDK as we noted. So I dont think Java is true OSS. So I dont see any difference on it. That maybe Java is more WORA? This days everything is on the Cloud using Virtual Servers so I dont care much about WORA unless Im doing client side but for client side I will do HTML5, Objective-C/iOS or Android/Dalvik. Java does not support Windows8 Store app development, iOS or Android(Real Java), So where is the Wora??. Well this is just my opinion. and 2c.

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