Just Call It SPAMja
Microsoft has spit in Sun's face yet again. After humbly licensing Sun's Java programming
platform a few years ago, Microsoft has not only failed to maintain compatibility
with Sun's test suite, they are now shoving a new product out the door just as fast
as they can, trying to win control in the marketplace before Sun can get justice
in the courtroom. Microsoft is trying to capitalize on the popularity of the name
Java, while providing a fake from of Java that excludes the non-Windows world.
Java gains its usefulness and its popularity because it is not a platform-specific
product. It's not a Windows product, it's not a Mac product, it's not a Unix or
OS/2 product -- it's an "all of the above, and more" product. To tie Java
to one platform is to ruin it by taking away its most vital and most popular quality.
It's the equivalent of trying to do away with U.S. Dollars by changing the Denver
Mint to produce Confederate dollars instead. The result is counterfeit dollars,
not real U.S. dollars. If a few zealot-like holdouts want to honor them, it still
doesn't change the fact that such paper is phony. The fact that Microsoft zealots
want to honor fake Java does not change the fact that such a product is counterfeit.
This is so much like the quackery and the subterfuge used by the Internet spammers,
the mass-mail freaks who want to fool you into answering their e-mail sneak attacks.
Spammers want you to buy their wimpy products, and they don't care who gets fooled
or deceived by the flood of slick advertising copy they mail to everyone.
If Microsoft wants to "Spam" us with fake Java code, let's call a spade
a spade. From now on, let's refer to the Microsoft product by a more appropriate
and accurate term: SPAMja. Microsoft Spamja. Bad to the last drop.
Most recent revision: March 13, 1998
Copyright © 1998, Tom Nadeau
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