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Funniest thing I've read all weekWednesday July 28, 2010
Today, Slashdot had this:
"In Java 1.6.0_21, the company field was changed from 'Sun Microsystems, Inc' to 'Oracle.' Apparently not the best idea, because some applications depend on that field to identify the virtual machine. All Eclipse versions since 3.3 (released 2007) until and including the recent Helios release (2010) have been reported to crash with an OutOfMemoryError due to this change. This is particularly funny since the update is deployed through automatic update and suddenly applications cease to work."
I'd love to be able to say that this was a deeply embedded conspiracy, but no, it's just silly.

It is so, so, so important to have that that Oracle moniker on things even if it makes people giggle at Ellison's weirdness.

Posted by Gordon J Milne on July 28, 2010 at 06:18 PM PDT #

That's the oracle bug

Posted by George on July 28, 2010 at 09:46 PM PDT #

Looks like a worthy job for monster(oracle)

Posted by jar on July 28, 2010 at 10:43 PM PDT #

Well, they fixed it by CompanyName back to "Sun Microsystems, Inc". And they did as 6u21 version. JDK build that contain the fix are dated '2010-07-19 20:39', release before that date has the bug.

Posted by Dmitry Vyazelenko on July 29, 2010 at 01:23 AM PDT #

Yes, both did something wrong here ... and it's fixed now ...

Posted by Markus on July 29, 2010 at 01:33 AM PDT #

I'm a big big Sun fan but I'm thinking on why you sold your company to oracle if no one is happy here and if most important people (like you James) now are our from Oracle. I know that normal people will not ever know this, but I really can't realize who this was possible. Kind Regards, Davide.

Posted by Davide on July 29, 2010 at 03:06 AM PDT #

Are they going to change all com.sun.* packages to*? Presumably not, but it shows stability 'issues' with that naming convention...!

Posted by Jonathan on July 29, 2010 at 04:11 PM PDT #

@Davide It's all about money and greed. This is what Scott McNealy said "To be honest, this is not a note this founder wants to write. Sun, in my mind, should have been the great and surviving consolidator. But I love the market economy and capitalism more than I love my company." more here:

Posted by George on July 30, 2010 at 12:39 AM PDT #

Thanks for the valuable answer Jonathan. I'm quite sad reading this... You know, it's like football fan who see his team loose, my team has been dismessed. And what kind of team? A team who hit the story with their great innovations... Is there a developer, a company that doesn't says "WOW" when Sun released some new products? I belived in JavaFX to turn on again JavaME, I always belived in Sun, but I can't see anything good on this acquisition. Probably I'm too ignorant to understand and I really hope so. Thanks.

Posted by Davide Perini on July 30, 2010 at 02:11 AM PDT #

Ok so it is just silly but still I would like to get your advice on java and your recommendation of its further use in software development. Can you give me some advice ? How can we get this team together again ?

Posted by clemens on July 30, 2010 at 10:03 AM PDT #

Laughing my ass off. TDD not eh?

Posted by neil on July 30, 2010 at 12:24 PM PDT #

OMG! I am a big fan of you, and I think I saw u passing by me in the rivermark plaza, Santa Clara around 1:00PM. Gosh!!! I should've ask u if u are "the James Gosling".

Posted by Jiyun Kang on July 30, 2010 at 01:48 PM PDT #

Even more unhappy people!

Posted by Sergio on July 31, 2010 at 06:40 AM PDT #

This is plane stupidity of Oracle!!!!!

Posted by Radin on July 31, 2010 at 08:11 AM PDT #

Part of the great appeal of Java was its asymptotically direction towards openness and language greatly adopted by the geeks and poets of open source software. The acquisition by Oracle of Sun et al, Java and related, has to be one of the greatest disappointments for the collective all of us that somehow gravitate to this blog to find out what the author of the language is doing if as to find out a light at the end of Oracle's, should I say Ellison's, tunnel; other words and body parts came to mind but tunnel seems civilized enough. Good luck jag whatever you are doing now; some of us knew the culture at Oracle's country club would be incompatible with you and that of most in the Java community.

Posted by J.F. Zarama on July 31, 2010 at 02:37 PM PDT #

Just learned today that James Gosling is no longer in Sun Microsystem

Posted by on August 01, 2010 at 12:10 AM PDT #

If oracle took several months to announce to the world that it would merge, bigAdmin etc into one huge clunky diagram, as the result turned out to be, why didnt it, oracle, deem it important to do same for a change in the java implementation itself no matter how little. Its clear from day one, oracle is not going to stop until it has completely consumed sun and everything *sun* changed to oracle. I typed during the final days of the acquisition and i got and that was the breaking news of the acquisition to everyone. Compare that with when sun acquired mysql, you could hardly notice an acquisition had happened back at mysql. I cant agree anymore with zamara, has become my new

Posted by new Color(1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f, 0.5f) on August 02, 2010 at 12:31 AM PDT #

Thanks James for sharing...that is too funny... The "marketoids" @ Oracle strike yet again... Hope you u had fun @ SIGGRAPH... -- Aaron

Posted by Aaron Houston on August 02, 2010 at 01:22 PM PDT #

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