In the world of programming, there is rather a large number of different programming languages a developer can choose to use in order to solve a technical problem. Any technical company has a predefined set of languages which the technical staff are allowed to work with. This is to ensure technical efficiency and that the code pieces fit together.
Companies are known to take strong stands as to what code they use. Now, however, Microsoft is ready to move into a new field of working with a language. They have stated that they are ready to contribute code, bug fixes, and more to open source Java during the OpenJDK project.
Microsoft and Java
This new endeavour is grounded in Microsoft's collaboration with Oracle, the creator of the programming language Java.
In a message that Microsoft posted on the OpenJDK mailing list, Java chief developer Bruno Borges writes that Microsoft has signed the Oracle Contributor Agreement and has been welcomed into the Java community.
Microsoft's developers will initially work on “minor bug fixes and backdoors”, writes Bruno Borges, a former Oracle developer.
This is something that must be done in order to become what he calls “good citizens” in the OpenJDK community.
Microsoft and its customers and partner companies use Java to a great extent in many different contexts - for example, in the Azure cloud environment, where Java runtime is on the shelves.
Microsoft's Java developer team is already working closely with a number of partners on Java - including Oracle, Azul, Red Hat, Pivotal, Intel and SAP.
Bruno Borges writes that Microsoft still has some things to learn in the Java community, but that the company "already understands that it is preferable to discuss changes before patches are posted."
Earlier this year Microsoft acquired the Java-based company: jClarity.
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