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Oracle softly increments SPARC M7 to M8, then whispers: We'll still love you, Solaris, to 2034

With little fanfare, Oracle formally tore the wraps off its SPARC M8 data-center-class processors and servers on Monday. The House of Larry Ellison unveiled the fifth-generation successor to the fourth-generation SPARC M7, along with five server models, and a commitment to support its Solaris operating system for at least …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2017
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Must go faster, must go faster! Oracle lobs Java EE into GitHub, vows rapid Java SE releases

Oracle plans to accelerate the pace of Java SE releases – and has moved Java EE's code repository to GitHub in keeping with its avowed desire to step back from managing the beast. Java SE has been on a two-year release cycle. That's no longer fast enough, according to Mark Reinhold, chief architect of Oracle’s Java platform …
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Solaris, Java have vulns that let users run riot

Oracle's emitted its quarterly patch dump. As usual it's a whopper, with 308 security fixes to consider. Oracle uses the ten-point Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 3.0, on which critical bugs score 9.0 or above. The Register counts 30 such bugs in this release. Not all can be laid at Oracle's door. For example, a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2017
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Java 9 release back on track, community votes 'yes'

Java 9's Java Platform Modular System, that's caused Oracle so much trouble has passed the community vote and will ship in September. The final vote had all members of the community process voting “yes” for the platform, save Red Hat, which abstained. Explaining its abstention, Red Hat remains concerned about the “impact on …
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Oracle asks for more time to finish Java 9

Oracle's asked for more time to sort out Java 9 in light of the community's rejection of the proposed Java Platform Module System. The chief architect of Big Red's Java Platform Group, Mark Reinhold, has hit the openjdk mailing list to address the vote against JPMS (JSR 376 , aka “Jigsaw”) due to land with JDK 9. In his post …
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Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars

Analysis The final lap nears in Oracle's epic seven year battle with Google over Java. It's reached the Federal Appeals Circuit, where Oracle is confident that three appeals judges with a strong track record of upholding IP will decide in its favour. In many ways, it's a surprise that Big Red didn't win ages ago, with the two warring …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2017
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Java Daddy James Gosling goes to work for Amazon Web Services

Java creator James Gosling has announced he now works for Amazon Web Services. Gosling took to Facebook to announce “It's time for a change. I'm leaving Boeing Defense (nee Liquid Robotics), with many fond memories. Today I start a new Adventure at Amazon Web Services.” AWS has found a job for Gosling as a distinguished …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017
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Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs

Google on Wednesday said it has made Kotlin a first-class language for Android development, alongside Java and C++. "We did it because Kotlin is a beautiful programing language," said Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson, director of product management for Android, during the developer keynote at Google I/O 2017. "...With Kotlin, there' …
Thomas Claburn, 17 May 2017
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Behold, auto-completing Android bug reports – because you're not very thorough

Auto-completion systems that attempt to finish your sentences when typing text messages or search queries can be a mixed blessing. Often, they save time. But they can also get in the way when they make incorrect guesses about intended input. In the context of software bug reporting, however, auto-completion – adding additional …
Thomas Claburn, 15 May 2017
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Oracle crushed in defeat as Java world votes 'No' to modular overhaul

Oracle has suffered an embarrassing setback in its plans for a modular architecture in Java 9. The database goliath has lost a Java Community public-review ballot by 13 to 10 that was to have approved its Java Platform Module System (JPMS) specification as a final draft. Executive Committee members ignored dire warnings from …
Gavin Clarke, 12 May 2017
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Oracle fires Java warning at IBM and Red Hat

Oracle has hit out at IBM and Red Hat Middleware for their continued opposition to its proposed plan to make Java modular. IBM has suggested it will vote against the JPMS JSR that Reinhold leads – JSR 376. The result for the Community vote on JPMS is due to be announced on June 8. Mark Reinhold, Oracle’s Java Platform chief, …
Gavin Clarke, 8 May 2017
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Jenkins admin? Get buzzy patching, says Cloudbees

Cloudbees's Jenkins needs a patch against a Java deserialisation vulnerability. The bug, CVE-2017-1000353, exists in how Jenkins implements HTTP upload/download requests. The bug lets an attacker exploit a serialised object in the preamble of commands sent to the CLI. As described by Securiteam, “since Jenkins does not …
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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

In early April, Stanford University began piloting a new version of its introductory computer science course, CS 106A. The variant, CS 106J, is taught in JavaScript rather than Java. "[CS 106J] covers the same material as CS 106A but does so using JavaScript, the most common language for implementing interactive web pages, …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Apr 2017
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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

A while back I answered my door bell - it was the pizza. After transacting for the hot pie, the older delivery man with a Just Like Dear Old Dad mustache asked: "Are you a programmer?" pointing to the OpenStack logo on my hoodie sleeve. "Yes," I said, "well, I used to be." He asked me what programming language he should learn …
Michael Cote, 3 Mar 2017
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Talk about a slow pour: Oracle now brewing late Java EE 8 for July 2017

Oracle says it will finally land Java Enterprise Edition 8 in July 2017 – only eight months behind schedule. Java EE 8 was due to appear at JavaOne 2016, last September, but following a development hiatus, it was bumped back to the “first half” of 2017. In October, Oracle revised that date again by promising to deliver the …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Feb 2017
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Java and Python have unpatched firewall-crossing FTP SNAFU

Stop us if you've heard this one: Java and Python have a bug you can exploit to cross firewalls. Since neither are yet patched, it might be a good day to nag your developers for a bit. The Java vulnerability means protocol injection through its FTP implementation can fool a firewall into allowing TCP connections from the …
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Oracle hatches 'incubator' OpenJDK APIs idea

Experimental and unfinished Java APIs could soon appear in new versions of Java under a plan from Oracle. So-called Incubator Modules have been proposed as a means of inserting promising features into the OpenJDK. OpenJDK is an open-source implementation and reference implementation of Java Standard Edition. Modules would …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Feb 2017

Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

Oracle has brought its legal war with Google back to life, alleging Android's Java framework ripped off Big Red's copyright. According to a lengthy court document filed today by the database giant, and obtained by El Reg, Oracle will once again make its case that Google violated copyrights it holds on core Java libraries. The …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2017

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