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Did Anyone Notice Java's App Store Was Dead?

01.04.2011
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It looks like there's one less app store to worry about for developers. Java Warehouse looks to be another dead project. I didn't realise that the project had been canned until I read Kirill Grouchnikov's tweet about it:

Follow any link through and you'll be greeted with the following page: 

 

I'll admit, that it looked like it was going to be a good thing for Java. Seeing as everybody else had an app store, why not create one for Java? I'm not sure exactly why (or when) the store was shut down, and I'm not really surprised either. Two reasons that come to mind are

  • App stores are good for mobile, but not really required on the desktop

    But Apple would probably disagree with this with their upcoming Mac OSX App Store. We'll need to wait and see if they will be successful here.
  • The lack of adoption for JavaFX is to blame

    JavaFX was set to reignite Java on the desktop, but it didn't quite work out as planned.
    But with the rework on the next version of JavaFX, perhaps we'll see a return of another app store for Java applications

Did anyone else notice this project was discontinued? Maybe no one really cared.

 

 

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Jay Huang replied on Tue, 2011/01/04 - 10:22am

The store was dead 6 months ago and the website was taken down about 2 months ago. I think that Java game and desktop developers were looking forward to the store so some people do care. Other than the Mac App store, the Intel Appup store is also for desktop. Google's Chrome Web Store is already open but it's for web apps. Not sure what's the Oracle's strategy for Java on the client site.

Tom Wheeler replied on Tue, 2011/01/04 - 11:55am

What end user cares what language an application is written in? A Java app store made about as much sense as a Perl app store or an Erlang app store, so I am not surprised to see that it's gone.

I strongly agree with Jay that it would be nice if Oracle revealed their strategy for client-side Java (assuming they even have one).  I've been able to type "List<Foo> fooList = new ArrayList<Foo>()" for almost seven years now, but Swing's model classes *still* don't support generics. 

Andy Leung replied on Tue, 2011/01/04 - 7:21pm

Can't agree more Tom! However, I still care about Java AppStore. It's not about what programming language we write, it's about the users and about choices. That's why we need Java AppStore because we actually have more quality programmers than in any other programming languages, and I still strongly believe that Java excels on all 3 major desktop OSes (not to include Solaris which has superior performance) especially on threading, security and user experience (well if Java3D is more active, you start seeing more eye candies with very minimal code comparing to very nasty Direct3D).

Stephane Vaucher replied on Tue, 2011/01/04 - 11:22pm

I never noticed it was alive.

Armin Ehrenreich replied on Wed, 2011/01/05 - 3:08pm in response to: Andy Leung

Java devs could try to send great apps to "Intel AppUp".
http://www.appup.com/applications/index
http://appdeveloper.intel.com/en-us/article/intel-appup-software-developement-kit-api-reference-java-software
unfortunately its Windows only.
then there is of course Android, using a close derivative of Java, where Java devs could sell their apps.

Gar Labs replied on Tue, 2011/08/23 - 11:04am

It says "no longer available" when i tried to visit it. -GAR Labs

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