[messages] [General Discussion] Java Deprecated by Apple

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Thu Oct 21 10:32:35 MST 2010


http://www.macrumors.com/2010/10/21/app ... -mac-os-x/[1]

Apple Discontinuing Java Installation Packages for Mac OS X?
Thursday October 21, 2010 11:01 AM EST
Written by Eric Slivka
A number of readers have pointed out that Apple's developer
documentation for its Java updates for Mac OS X released yesterday
reveals that the company appears to be ceasing future distribution of
its custom-ported Java packages.

___Java Deprecation__

As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of
Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is
deprecated.

This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the
same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The
Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5
Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the
standard support cycles of those products._

It is not entirely clear what the move means for the future of Java on
Mac OS X, as Apple has long been criticized for moving slowly on
releasing updates to Java and it is possible that Oracle could roll out
its own Java packages (as it does for Windows and Linux) on a more
timely basis.

On a possibly-related note, Apple has noted in the guidelines for its
forthcoming Mac App Store that applications using Java and other
deprecated or optionally-installed technologies will not be accepted.
Developers are of course free to distribute such applications through
other means, but the move appears to be another sign of Apple opting to
de-emphasize certain third-party technologies in its products.

Apple's long-standing issues with Adobe Flash are of course
well-documented, with the company opting not to support Flash on its iOS
devices and now even shipping its new MacBook Air without Flash
pre-installed.

[1] http://www.macrumors.com/2010/10/21/apple-discontinuing-java-installation-packages-for-mac-os-x/


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