Sun Microsystems? control of its Java programming language faces its biggest threat yet, with the setting up of a body to create rival standards for electronic devices.
The Real-time Java Working Group is the latest move in Hewlett-Packard?s battle with Sun over control of real-time extensions for the Java language.
In March, HP said it would develop its own version of Java, complaining Sun has too much control over the language and charges too much for licensing, a charge Sun has refuted.
Yesterday, HP, and 13 other companies, including Microsoft, Siemens, and Rockwell, formed the working group which is aiming to create a standard specification for real-time extensions to Java.
This would allow time-critical applications written in Java, such as for flight controls, factory automation, and laboratory equipment, to run unchanged on any platform. Currently, programmers avoid using Java to write time-critical applications.
While this could lead to a damaging split in the Java camp, it is about how Java runs on devices other than computers, and Sun and HP continue to cooperate on servers and workstations.
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