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July 30, 2011

Java 7: Five days is just not enough time

You may have heard that the recent release of Java 7 has what sounds to me like some serious problems which are discussed on the Lucid Imagination blog. The most telling line i found there -

"These problems were detected only 5 days before the official Java 7 release,
so Oracle had no time to fix those bugs, affecting also many more

Granted, this is from Uwe Schindler as quoted on Lucid's site - not directly from Oracle. But I have to wonder about any product that is released with known serious flaws like this when they ONLY had five days' notice. I've seen software halted hours before its intended release to investigate a potentially serious bug; did Oracle have to meet revenue at end of quarter, and 'damn the torpedoes'?  

I know Oracle is not (the old) Hewlett Packard which had a legendary commitment to quality. When bugs were found in the earliest HP 3000, Dave Packard made his sales rep buy them back from customers - even from those customers who were happy with their purchase. The reason: The system did not perform as advertised. If every one of your users is going to be impacted, some in very subtle ways that may produce incorrect results - wouldn't you agree that five days is enough time to stop the presses?

Tell me what you think...




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