Is Oracle Playing Nice With Java and MySQL?

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Bill Gerneglia

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Article by Tom Sheehan

Oracle has promised to behave itself and be a good custodian to both Java and the MySQL community. In fact to date, Oracle has "donated" some proprietary Oracle technology to the MySQL open source community to bring some new and much needed functionality to the MySQL RDBMS.

The database vendor EnterpriseDB has released the results of its survey conducted at the JavaOne conference last September in San Francisco.

Approximately 600 IT professionals completed the survey, the results of which provide a bit of insight into community sentiment regarding Oracle's control of open-source projects Java and MySQL.

While opinion polls generally tend to be fairly unscientific, especially when sponsored by rival vendors--the results seem to indicate the IT community is wary of Oracle's plans.

According to the results, 46 percent of respondents believe that open-source projects such as MySQL will stagnate under Oracle ownership. At the same time, 42 percent of respondents believe Oracle will raise the price for MySQL come renewal time.

While not surprising, these two statistics may be at odds with each other. Oracle is always looking to optimize revenue streams and is unlikely to let MySQL falter too much. In fact, I'm confident Oracle is acutely aware of exactly what knobs and dials to tweak in order to extract the most revenue possible while providing as much value as it feels appropriate.

Another interesting statistic, and I believe a more realistic concern, is Oracle's lawsuit against Google, a situation that 56 percent of respondents indicated would not be a good thing for Java.

Despite a series of snubs toward the Java community, Oracle continues to engage and just recently offered up a new Java Specification Request (JSR) 342, intended to convert Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 7 into a building block of cloud services.

Oracle, be careful, the world still loves and needs its' Java and MySQL.

Cross-posted from CIO Zone

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