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RE: pl/sql to be desupported in favour of java? (not!)

From: Richard J. Goulet <>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 15:34:12 -0500
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These kinds of turf wars are totally unproductive. I've been to several Oracle sponsored events where the subject of Java & PL/SQL has been discussed. Oracle has remained very consistent on the subject, saying that both will exist and continue to exist for a long time. Their mantra is rather consistent as well namely "use pl/sql where database integration is the ultimate goal, while using Java where it shines best.". Ultimately both I believe will remain, kinda like Cobol & Fortran, for years to come especially as the Microsoft/non Microsoft operating platform continues to burn. Java is the only language that is truly platform independent. So like it or not, if your building things that HAVE to run on all flavors of Unix or MS your stuck with Java.

        BTW: As far as Microsoft's C# is concerned, it can simply return to that smelly, festering hole in Redmond that it came from. I personally don't know of anyone doing anything with it. Again, it's simply too MS specific.  

Dick Goulet, Senior Oracle DBA
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[] On Behalf Of Mladen Gogala Sent: Monday, December 18, 2006 9:33 AM
Cc:;; Subject: Re: pl/sql to be desupported in favour of java? (not!)

On 12/18/2006 09:03:52 AM, Mark W. Farnham wrote:

> Speaking of global Oracle oriented conferences, I wonder if Las Vegas
> will have odds for whether COBOL, Java, or PL/SQL will be extinct
> first? That would be an interesting book to make, since no one will be

> around long enough to have to pay off that bet.

Java is not out of the woods yet. Granted, SUN made it open source, but competitors like C# and Python are eating away its market share. Java became enormous, class libraries like SWING are overly complex and hard to learn, which makes Java rather unpopular as a programming language. As an interpreted language, Java has never been the first choice among geeks, that place has always belonged to Perl. There are many OSS great Java projects, like Eclipse, but in the likely event that Vista will pick up, Java might have a serious competitor in C#. I would be surprised if Oracle Corp. was prepared to tie the destiny of its flagship database with rather insecure fate of Java. Are Java & Oracle the pick of destiny and the world's greatest band, remains to be seen. PL/SQL still stays as the tenacious-P.

Mladen Gogala


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