So what’s up with Java on the Mac? After the initial chock of Apple not mentioning anything about Java 6 support in Leopard, as well as pulling the alpha/beta release from ADC a while ago the future of Java as a first-class citizen on the Mac has been questioned around the blogosphere..
Well having just installed Leopard on my MacBook Pro (The upgrade was painless, 30min) I can say that JDK 6 is not included in Leopard, those of you might remember that JDK 1.5 shipped exclusivly with the Tiger release, and I was really expecting the same this time.
Hopefully (and most probably) Apple will release a JDK 6 sometime, but the real question here is “sometime”, how long can you afford to wait? (For the record Sun released JDK6 almost a year ago at December 11 2006)
So how does this effect you? Personally I am not that effected since I mostly do Enterprise development, but I could use the speedup in JDK6 for running IDE’s and other tools.