Sun shines out on developer community with Java release

Regional software boss claims the Middle East market is poised to benefit from its decision to disclose the first pieces of source code for the implementation of Java

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By  Published  November 30, 2006

Sun Microsystems expects the decision to make its Java technology available as free software to have a major impact on the Middle East market.

The company recently announced the release of the first pieces of source code for its implementation of Java Platform Standard Edition and a buildable implementation of Java Platform Micro Edition, representing one of the largest source code contributions ever made.

Sotirios Papachristos, senior director software EMEA at Sun, believes Java will now become even more pervasive in the region: “The Middle East is a region where a lot of development is going on. We believe the impact in the region will be huge as technology will be much more accessible to customers in general. The thinking behind the decision to open source Java is that volume drives value. By bringing the barriers down, additional services can be developed and consequently more people will be able to use it.”

Over 3.8 billion devices are currently enabled with Java technology, including mobile phones, smart cards and enterprise applications.

Papachristos claims the release of Java code is a natural move for Sun given its increasing commitment to the open source community: “The [Java] technology is at a mature stage after 11 years of continuous development and usage. If you go back 10 or 12 years, Sun has actually been a major player in the open source area. We open sourced NetBeans and Solaris, and now you are seeing it with Java. Eventually you will see other products being open sourced too,” he declares.

By open sourcing Java, Sun — which employs 150 people across the Middle East region — hopes it will spawn a new generation of services and applications in verticals such as finance and telecommunication.

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