Good news all around! Oracle and Apple announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client.

OpenJDK will make Apple’s Java technology available to open source developers so you can access and contribute to the effort.

Furthermore, the JCP Executive Committe has approved the JSR “quartet” for Java SE 7 and Java SE 8. With this ratification, the Java standard will progress through the JCP while the open source reference implementation will be delivered through the OpenJDK project.

IBM and Oracle are going to work more closely together on Java, starting with IBM joining the OpenJDK project. Open JDK is a free and open source implementation of the Java programming language. It is the result of an effort Sun Microsystems began in 2006.

IBM engineers will soon be working directly alongside Oracle engineers, as well as many other contributors, on the Java SE Platform reference implementation, starting with JDK 7.

As Chief Architect Mark Reinhold commented that it is a big step towards the model he envisioned as perfection having multiple organizations cooperating on the platform in a common code base. Good news, indeed.

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