Well, Microsoft is now drawing its line in the sand. The FAQ pulls no
Here are a few pithy quotes:
"Microsoft is absolutely committed to full compatibility with the Java
language and bytecodes."
"Microsoft is not committed to supporting any class library that happens to
be given the Java name."
"JFC is a great example of how Sun retards innovation in the market."
"Microsoft began its Application Foundation Classes (AFC) effort over a year
ago to provide a better GUI toolkit to Java developers. We announced this
technology in January and first shipped it to developers in April. Through
this period, Sun seemed oblivious to the dissatisfaction of developers with
AWT. Only after Microsoft shipped AFC did Sun begin to respond."
"JNI is slower than RNI and offers no other advantages. Being late to market
with an inferior product is not a good way to be successful. Notice also
that Netscape does not support JNI, so developers should be very leery of
using JNI if they are interested in running on popular browsers."
To see more * and gore, check it out.
Den Beste, Steven C. "The art of command lies in thinking ahead."
"The OS/2 Feel-Bad Page" http://www.veryComputer.com/~denbeste
"Death of a Thousand Cuts" updated 9/16/97