, Jonny Evans reports from Sun’s JavaOne Conference in San Francisco with an interview with Apple’s Java product manager, Allen Denison. Denison’s comments come in an article entitled
JavaOne: OS X is Java dream.
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Evans said that Apple is co-sponsoring the event, sits on the committee that is developing the Java standard, and is at the show to help Java programmers understand the benefits that Mac OS X brings to Java application development.
Telling Macworld UK that Apple has the best implementation of Java, Denison called Mac OS X “the killer platform for developing Java applications.”
Denison also noted that Apple includes Java and all developer tools with every Mac. Additionally, Apple is offering a staffed compatibility lab of 10-15 Macs to help Java developers get their apps running on the Mac during the show.
Apple is trying to attract more interest from enterprise developers with Mac OS X’s UNIX underpinnings, support for Java, and continued efforts with development partners like Oracle. The company’s support for standards has improved in recent years, too. Denison told Macworld UK that Apple is “… just doing all the right things in terms of developing the right technologies and hoping it takes off.”
Denison said that Apple sees Java as “the glue binding [heterogeneous] systems together,” and suggested that Apple wants to offer Mac OS X as “the key choice for running Java applications.”