Microsoft Teaching Java Using Eclipse at JavaOne 2008

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Thursday, May 8, 2008

Microsoft teaches <b>Java</b>I was amazed to find Microsoft design engineer Mugunthan Mugundan teaching Java (how to create REST output using Java) using Eclipse IDE. I found it rich in irony at many levels. What do you think?

Obviously some Microsoft employees didn’t find it amusing, Muguntan was more sporting.

Throughput the presentation Microsoft’s name wasn’t even mentioned once.

July 19, 2008: 11:27 am

Why is it ironic?
Microsoft is well known for its anti-Java stance because it isn’t a language it could embrace and extend. So Microsoft decided to push C# & J# instead, both of which are effectively Java clones.
Microsoft had a long going litigation with Sun because it allegedly violated the Java license. In the end they decided to settle out of court as far as I remember. So yes I was surprised to see Microsoft setting up a booth at Java One 2008.

Donald Smith
May 12, 2008: 6:34 am

Why is it “rich in irony”? Microsoft makes rational, well thought out business decisions on a very consistent basis. Demoing cool Java technology on the leading IDE at the leading Java conference only makes sense to me, so why is it “ironic”?

- Don

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