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Red Hat Breathes New Life Into Java

Red Hat is the new keeper of the keys to two popular versions of the open source Java implementation, OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11, having taken over stewardship from Oracle. Oracle ended commercial support for Java 8 and the Oracle JDK 8 implementation of Java SE last year. Oracle left the enterprise J...

Linux Foundation Spurs JavaScript Development

The Linux Foundation earlier this week announced the addition of the JS Foundation as a Linux Foundation project. The move is an effort to inject new energy into the JavaScript developer community. By rebranding the former JQuery foundation as the JS Foundation and bringing it under the Linux umbrel...

Microsoft to Open Source Chakra JavaScript Engine

Microsoft last week revealed that it will release the core components of its Chakra JavaScript engine to open source as ChakraCore.It will be available next month on GitHub under the MIT license. ChakraCore offers best-in-class JavaScript execution with the broadest set of ES2015 feature coverage an...

Oracle’s Java Case Takes Another Battering With API Ruling

With a ruling from United States District Judge William Alsup that application programming interfaces cannot be copyrighted, it appears Oracle's lost yet another battle against Google over Java. However, the war is not over. Oracle has indicated it will appeal, and the judge has indicated that Oracl...

Google’s Java Jam

Sometimes things that are supposedly free for the taking -- such as open source software -- can ultimately cost a wad of dough from the corporate coffers. That could well be the lesson Google learns from a lawsuit Oracle filed last year alleging that Google violated its intellectual property as well...

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Red Hat’s New Java Alternative: From Coffee to Tea

When a FOSS company gets to be the size of Red Hat, pretty much every move it makes is of interest to those of us here in the Linux community. So when said company unveils plans to create an alternative to none other than Java, well, let's just say everyone sits up and starts listening. Sure enough,...

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Java Lives

What does the future of Java look like? Many say Java is reaching the end of its life, while others go so far as to say Java is dead. Will Java become Cobol, an antique enterprise platform too entrenched to get rid of, but no longer relevant? Will Oracle's takeover of Java prove to be the final n...

Google Files Steamed Response to Oracle’s Java Claims

Google has responded to Oracle's lawsuit alleging that it infringed on its Java patents by going on the offensive. Oracle has made an about-face on its support for open source licensing, Google maintains in a response filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Before O...

Oracle Lawsuit Claims Google Slurped Its Java

Oracle on Thursday filed suit against Google for patent and copyright infringement in the latter's development of the Android operating system. Google "knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property," according to the suite, which "seeks appropriate remedies...

Why So Many Java Mugs?

Web developers have many options for the servlet containers they use to host Java apps. Included in these choices are both classic proprietary and a host of open source containers. For the typical Java application developer, the container that holds one or more Java applications together is fairly t...

Firefox to Gulp JavaScript Faster With New TraceMonkey Feature

Mozilla has announced the launch of a new feature for its Firefox Web browser designed to make it perform faster. Called "TraceMonkey," the feature is an evolution of Firefox's SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine and will be built into Firefox 3.1, according to the company. To increase JavaScript speeds ...

Sun’s JavaFX: Smart Move or Too Much Caffeine?

Taking on the likes of Adobe and Microsoft, Sun Microsystems on Tuesday unveiled its new JavaFX family of products for building rich Internet applications. Based on Sun's longstanding Java platform, JavaFX includes a runtime and a tools suite that Web scripters, designers and developers can use to q...

Sun’s JavaFX Enters Apollo, Silverlight Footrace

Sun Microsystems is previewing a new family of Java-based solutions for creating and deploying rich Internet applications for use on mobile handsets, set-top boxes, PC desktops and anywhere else the Java Runtime Environment is deployed. Sun previewed the solutions, organized under the name "JavaFX,"...

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Eclipse Likely Won’t Suffer the Same Fate as Java

Sun's inability to allow for sufficiently open and inclusive governance over Java caused the eclipse of the Java tools and IDE action, which is now leading to an even larger purview for Eclipse at the ultimate expense of Java's future role. Buying NetBeans did not counter or blunt the Eclipse IDE fr...

Project Aims to Bolster Java Open Source Security, Quality

Fortify Software and the FindBugs Java error detection project this week unveiled a collaborative effort aimed at zapping the bugs of open source software code written in Java. The Java Open Review Project is designed to help open source software projects identify and fix security and other softwar...

Sun Opens Java to Developers

Despite a somewhat clumsy history with the free and open source software community, Sun Microsystems Monday opened Java to software developers under the GPL. The long-rumored move was a departure from the company's expected plan -- to release Java under the same license that governs its OpenSolaris ...

Sun CEO: Java Code Coming by Year End

Picking up the pace after somewhat of a piecemeal approach to open sourcing the Java programming language over the last several months, Sun Microsystems Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schwartz said the company will open the core Java code to the community by year's end. Speaking at Oracle OpenWorl...

JBoss Updates Java Object/Relational Mapping App

JBoss Monday released Hibernate 3.2, the latest update to the company's Java object/relational mapping software. Hibernate packages now support the most popular development frameworks, and can be used with JDK 5.0 annotations, the Java Persistence API, or full Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0. A significant...

Reported Firefox JavaScript Flaws Just a Joke, Hackers Admit

Mozilla's open source software developers quickly jumped on a supposedly critical series of Javascript vulnerabilities in the Firefox browser, only to find that the hack, presented over the weekend at ToorCon in San Diego, was a big joke. "The main purpose of our talk was to be humorous," said Misch...

Sun Sticks to Slow, Steady Road for Open Sourcing Java

Sun Microsystems last week open sourced another chunk of Java development code, but some are criticizing the company for not declaring all of Java open source at once and under the same open source license. Sun released source code for Java Mobile Edition development tools under the Common Developme...

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