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TX 610.1 - A programmer's dissection of the title
Authored by: celtic_hackr on Thursday, May 03 2012 @ 11:37 AM EDT

Ok. Since I'm an old bold software coder, I'll give my expert opinion on this.

The title: Java 2 Platform Development Kit 5.0 Specification License.

Dissection:
1. This is a "license".
2. It pertains to "Java 2".
Platform is an adjective that qualifies the proper noun "Java 2".

3. So this is a "license" pertaining to the "Java 2 Platform".
Platform means system, or in layman's terms "All of Java 2", the whole entire language including the APIS.

4. So this is a license pertaining to "All of Java 2".

5. As we all know Sun fragmented Java, into several incompatible versions. This particular license pertains to "Standard Edition".

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6 . So this is a license for "All of Java 2, Standard Edition". Aka J2SE.
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7. "Development kit", means this license is for something to do with a "Software Development Kit for J2SE".

8. "Specification" means "specification of"/"explanation of"/"the interface means of communication with". It is redundant, as "Development kit" has already implied it is a specification. Programmers are redundant and pedantic. Get used to it, or get out.
[I'd say it's a joke, but programmers aren't particularly known for their human interfacing skills, sure there are those very rare and wierd few who have both skills, but it's mostly an anomoly we haven't found a cure for yet.]

9. So Oracle is right, the title is the definition, and that definition is "This is a license for writing software that will run inside the Java 2 Standard Edition VM, using the Java 2 Standard Edition Language, including the APIS".

As such, I would never agree to or read this license, as I have no need to even look at the license since I have a book which contains the entire specification and I *KNOW* I do not need a license to read a book. At least not yet. I fear that is coming.

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