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It seems that there’s a lot of discussion going on about the fact that Apple isn’t planning on shipping a 1.5 JDK until Tiger (that’s Apple’s Tiger, not Java’s Tiger) goes gold. I’m seeing a lot of frustration about this, to the point that people are charting and graphing the lag between JDk’s on Windows and on the Mac.
(By the way, for those who remember the furor over my Why I am not a platform zealot post a while back, I’m now the proud papa of a brand new PowerBook.)
Here’s my question, though, and I’m really interested in other people’s thoughts: most folks out there won’t be running the 1.5/5.0 JDK for apps anytime soon. Heck, I have a hard enough time trying to get my clients to use 1.4.2 for development. So, I’m not feeling the push from the delivery side to get 1.5 rocking. I am, however, feeling the pull from the research side, and, to do that, I just have OSX Tiger installed on a FireWire drive and use the Java Tiger beta release that exists there to play with it. I’m happy, because I get to keep up with all the new features of Java and I’m playing around in 10.4 to boot.
So, is it that people really are being pushed to ship 1.5 code today, so the lag is a huge drawback? Or that they don’t feel comfortable running beta OS’s to do their work and/or research? Or that they don’t have access to OSX Tiger? For me, it just doesn’t seem to be that big a deal, but clearly for a lot of people, it is.