Geek Smithology

January 24, 2007

Jobs on Java – it’s dead.

Filed under: Craft of Dev by Nathan @ 7:30 pm

As a developer who genuinely likes Java, this is just ignorant (see more info here)…

Markoff: “And what are you thinking about Flash and Java?”
Jobs: “Java’s not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It’s this big heavyweight ball and chain.”

With all the Java developers using Macs these days, this feels like a slap in the face. The iPhone runs OSX – what are apps going to be written in? Ruby? Objective C? Is there some magical deal with Microsoft to bring .NET to the iPhone? There’s always Javascript…

Besides, talk to Amazon, eBay, Google, or the thousands of developers writing Java code right now — rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated.

One response to “Jobs on Java – it’s dead.”

  1. wozniak says:

    Jobs is clueless, he doesn’t even know that his own Apple Online Store, iTunes Music Store, .Mac and retail store operations ALL run on Java. Java does not just play a small part in this, it is THE platform that all these Apple services run on.

    Someone needs to clue him into the facts of his own companies operations.

    [El Woz]

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