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O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference
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Session

Why Mac Users Hate Java
Chris Adamson, Subsequently and Furthermore, Inc.

Track: Programming
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time: 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Location: Lafayette/San Tomas/Lawrence

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The idea makes sense: applications written in Java, able to run equally well on any platform, would help the Mac since it would have access to more software. Developers, meanwhile, could do a Mac version "for free," instead of as an expensive afterthought to the Windows version. But seven years after Java 1.0 was released, it hasn't happened. Java desktop applications are few and far between, and where they do exist, the "Mac faithful" will have none of it. Mac magazines and self-appointed experts tell users to turn off Java in their browsers and steer them away from applications known to use Java. What went wrong? This session will track the history and philosophies of Java, Java on the Mac and Java on the desktop, look at assumptions of portability and suitability that turned out to be wrong, and compare rival technologies. We'll also take a look at possible ways the situation can be improved, and the big question of whether it should be.


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