What to know about Oracle’s latest research program
By David Oh, WSJBy David OhMarch 8, 2018By David NojemMarch 8-9, 2018Oracle has released an initial version of a new research program called the Oracle Java Programming Program.
The program has a $100,000 goal, and the company says it will make its first contribution by the end of 2019.
It was originally launched as a pilot program to help developers build more powerful software.
Oracle hopes the program will help developers quickly build applications that are more powerful, faster, and easier to deploy than they are now.
The company says its new program will provide an opportunity for Java developers to “take their apps to the next level.”
Oracle has been working on a new Java programming language called Java 8 for more than a decade.
It started out as a tool for Java programmers to create new APIs for other languages, but has since expanded to include Java programming in general.
Oracle said it’s launching the new program to give developers the opportunity to build powerful Java applications quickly.
The first Java 8 applications will be available as open source in the next few weeks.
The new program is a bit of a departure from Oracle’s previous efforts to develop new programming languages, said Chris Dixon, a senior software engineer for Oracle’s Java platform who was not involved in the program.
“The original program was about making new language features easier to use, but it also had to do with making a Java language better,” Dixon said.
“It didn’t really have anything to do in the way of API improvements, so it had to be more general.”
Oracle was founded in 1994 by the late Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison.
It has long struggled with making software work on new devices.
It announced in 2007 that it was closing a deal to acquire Sun Microsystems, a mobile-based company.
Oracle was acquired by Oracle in 2010 for $5.7 billion.
The deal was controversial because it was expected to reduce Oracle’s tax liabilities.
Oracle had also faced competition from the likes of Google and Apple.
Oracle’s new programming language could help the company get ahead of those threats.