Java is not robust and solid enough and Sun has consistently failed to deliver good development tools for its platform, according to a developer at the Java Business Expo in New York this week.
?You may have Java, but you don?t deliver tools properly. There were 503 bugs in version 1.1 of the Java Developers Kit (JDK) and 1,600 in Java 2. Why should I believe in you any more and continue to do unpaid beta testing? You guys really screwed up and have failed consistently to deliver good products. Given the three years of problems I?ve had, why should I believe you that things will get better?? he said during a Java Roadmap seminar at the conference.
He continued: ?Sun doesn?t focus on fixing what it has to make Java robust and solid, so I can use it. It may be the same with other companies, but they haven?t said ?write once, run anywhere?. For me, it?s rewrite constantly and debug everywhere. You?ve not put enough resources into it to make it work properly.?
But, while Lew Tucker, director of Sun Microsystem?s chief technology group, acknowledged the criticism, he said Sun had tried to do something about it with version 1.2 of the JDK, now rebranded Java 2.
?The criticism is very valid, but we?ve tried to rectify it with Java 2. Java technology has been released very quickly, in a very steep ramp. In Java 2, we?ve been trying to fix these problems and I advise you to look at it. I?m not unaware that people have had a lot of problems with Java, but we?re moving to a world where you can expect Java to work,? he explained.
He continued: ?We felt it was our responsibility to grow Java broadly in a horizontal sense and let the industry do the vertical stuff. We?ve heard it loud and strong from everyone that we?ve been innovating too fast, but at first we wanted to get the functionality in there and now we want stability.?
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