THE CAPPUCCINO COMPANY Apple has updated Java developers with information on the features and fixes they should expect when building applications for Mac OS X with Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 and Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 8.
The Da Vinci Code it ain't, but it should be required reading for anyone that wants to stay within Apple's App Store guidelines and not produce something that gets banned.
The Java for Mac OS updates should, according to Apple, remove compatibility problems while improving security and reliability. But perhaps most significant is the line that says, "Developers should not rely on the Apple-supplied Java runtime being present in future versions of Mac OS X."
Whether this has anything to do with some falling-out with Java's owners we don't know, but Steve Jobs doesn't burn bridges for no reason. Whatever the reasoning behind it, the message is clear, Apple's Java runtime will not be present in Mac OS X 10.7.
Perhaps it is too soon to forget about Java on Mac OS X, as the firm added, "The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products."
Whether or not Oracle will take over future development and support of the Java runtime for Mac OS X is anyone's guess, at the moment. µ
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