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#1 Faitas   User is offline

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Is java closed or open source programming language?

Posted 06 November 2011 - 02:05 AM

Hello. Today I started learning in Java. Firsly, I have one simple question about Java.

Is Java close-source programming language?

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Re: Is java closed or open source programming language?

Posted 06 November 2011 - 02:32 AM

It depends what you mean by closed-source programming language. It is not a very commonly used term to describe a language (or at least not for me). I found an interesting question regarding open-source vs. closed source programming languages.

http://stackoverflow...amming-language

I would say that it can be either in terms of your end user. If you want them to have the code you can include your .java files. If not, you can just give them your .class files, maybe obfuscated to counter reverse compilers.

What did you mean by "open source language"?
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Re: Is java closed or open source programming language?

Posted 06 November 2011 - 02:48 AM

View PostSheph, on 06 November 2011 - 02:32 AM, said:

It depends what you mean by closed-source programming language. It is not a very commonly used term to describe a language (or at least not for me). I found an interesting question regarding open-source vs. closed source programming languages.

http://stackoverflow...amming-language

I would say that it can be either in terms of your end user. If you want them to have the code you can include your .java files. If not, you can just give them your .class files, maybe obfuscated to counter reverse compilers.

What did you mean by "open source language"?


Your link is very helpful, thank you. :)

What did you mean by "open source language"? - This is a programming language whose code can be seen
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Re: Is java closed or open source programming language?

Posted 06 November 2011 - 04:05 AM

The term 'open source' used in specific product and not all products developed by a certain language.
So it is not about Java, it is about the specific product and the license used to it or resources used in it.
Look at Open Source Wiki
Also the OSD(Open Source Definition) with annotations and without annotations
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Re: Is java closed or open source programming language?

Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:46 AM

Also, check out my thread Getting Better at Programming Java.
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Re: Is java closed or open source programming language?

Posted 06 November 2011 - 09:15 PM

If you mean "Open souce" ?
Yes the Java API is downloadable and most IDE debuging mode will let you "jump" into the API source code
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