Rahman said he left Oracle after questioning the company's commitment to Java EE himself, wondering, "How could I be evangelizing a platform that Oracle is clearly not investing in?" He now works as a consultant at Captech Consulting. Asked if Oracle wants the community to take over development of Java EE, Rahman responded, "It's impossible to determine what Oracle wants because they have not even acknowledged yet that there is a problem." Specification leads from Oracle, who are in charge of improvements planned for enterprise Java, have not been responsive to input, according to Rahman.
Leaving Oracle, Rahman said, gave him the bandwidth to do what needed to be done as far as promoting development of Java EE. The platform, he stressed, is fundamental because of its execution on servers. "Most work happens on servers, even with microservices, even on the cloud." One benefit of the current situation around enterprise Java is it could result in less control over Java EE by steward in charge, which now is Oracle. "Oracle and Sun have always had an unhealthy amount of influence."
Oracle could not be reached for comment Thursday on the efforts of Java EE Guardians.
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