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'We broke a few things and will continue to do so... in a careful way' – Oracle's Reinhold on Java renovation work

Mike 137 Silver badge

"We're doing this in order to keep up with competing platforms ..."

In order to create robust, secure and usable products, what real software engineers need is a stable development environment, the idiosyncrasies of which they can get to know intimately, not constant churn that keeps them always behind the vendor in knowledge and understanding. Nor do they need a regular changing feed of 'broken things'.

'Keeping up with the competition' has clearly become more important for vendors than serving the users of their products, but in the realm of computer languages (sorry - "platforms"), we should be asking the question 'what the hell's this thing for anyway?

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