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About Compatibility and Fragmentation of Java (Oracle v. Google) ~pj | 388 comments | Create New Account
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About Compatibility and Fragmentation of Java (Oracle v. Google) ~pj
Authored by: Gringo_ on Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 01:29 AM EDT

create a tool to change the names of the system APIs in the jar files before they could be used.

...and that tool would violate Oracle's supposed copyright on the names and SSO. You just can't get around that, no matter what you do.

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About Compatibility and Fragmentation of Java (Oracle v. Google) ~pj
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 03:04 AM EDT
> Of course, I'm sure some sort of tool could have been included with Android
to do this but it would have likely created a mess

More to the point, any translation dictionary would have needed a copy of the
names to work. Just as a French-English dictionary has both the French &
English words in it, an Oracle-Google Java dictionary would have to contain
Oracle's API names.

So there was no way to avoid this and Google's use of the names should be
protected by law.

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About Compatibility and Fragmentation of Java (Oracle v. Google) ~pj
Authored by: PolR on Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 07:12 AM EDT
Google has actually not done a very good job of explaining the necessity for compatibility to the judge.
I think the judge lacks the insight that compatibility is about reusing code across platforms. He thinks it is a convenience to reduce the need for programmers to learn new vocabulary. But he is asking the right questions so I expect he will eventually learn.

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Good beats great
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 01:49 PM EDT
Scott: "I'm a good capitalist, Larry's a great capitalist... but on the
right day when great isn't doing due diligence, good gets the win!"
<grins and pats self on back>

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