John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame, who I have mucho respect for, linked to an article about how the Java support in the lastest version of Mac OS X is terrible. He then makes a very irresponsible statement:
“I fail to see why anyone (other than Java developers themselves) would care.”
The problem with this statement is that you should care. Why? Well, because you are a Mac user. It will take a bit to explain. Humor me.
There are many upon many businesses out there that support the Mac platform ONLY because their Java applications will run on a Mac. But this isn’t the complete reason. Hear me out.
Now, these businesses aren’t Google, Microsoft, or IBM. You probably haven’t heard the names of these businesses, let alone the names of the software they provide. They certainly aren’t household names, and your mom and dad aren’t using their applications. But they do represent a significant base of development energy. These are the guys that make it possible for the little guys and the medium guys to do business.