I’ve been fairly nervous given Apple’s recent decision to not allow Java apps in their Mac App Store. Java has effectively been a second-class citizen on OS X for a few years now but this announcement really put the final nail in the coffin in my eyes. I’ve also long held personal grudges against the former Sun for not taking stewardship of a lagging implementation (part of a larger problem that I feel Sun had with protecting the Java brand).
On that rather sour note, news has surfaced this morning that Apple is joining OpenJDK and thus opening up their Java process. Its truly a win-win for all sides where Apple is no longer developing their own Java implementation and the community is freed from Apple’s own lackluster efforts on the subject. I’ll gladly take this news over being able to sell applications through the Mac App Store.
And a sigh of relief is breathed throughout Mac land.