Of course, now that Apple’s deprecating Java, that’s probably going to annoy the folks
Having thought about what I actually use Java for on Mac OS X (now that Apple’s indicated it’s deprecated). Probably the main ones are
- Eclipse (Free development environment for many languages, not just Java)
- NeoOffice/OpenOffice (Free alternatives to Microsoft Office)
- GanttProject, a free Gantt charting and project management app
- FreeMind, a free mind mapping application
I guess I’ll just have to fire up Java under Windows in Parallels? I guess if I’m happy to give Google all my information I could replace my use of NeoOffice with Google Docs.
Apple’s recently released Java for Mac OS X Update 3 includes the following information in the developer release notes:
As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated.
This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products.