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Java App Store Coming Soon!

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Danny Coward, Chief Client Software Architect at Sun, blogs that the Java Store is almost ready to open its doors.  Similar to Apple's app store, the Java store will be a place for developers to sell their Java and JavaFX-based applications.  Sun hopes to attract about six million Java developers to submit applications to the Java store back-end, the Java Warehouse repository.

At June's (final?) JavaOne conference, Sun unveiled the beta program for the Java Store front.  Since then, Sun's architects have been working on issues such as payment mechanisms and the criteria governing submissions.  Sun says the general release of the Java Store will feature new search functions and a revamped UI, plus a bunch of other things we don't even know about yet.

6.5 billion non-U.S. residents are feeling a bit left out though.  The current beta is only available in the U.S. but Sun says access to the Java Store outside of the U.S. will start in 2010.  Since no international participation was present in the beta, Sun will need to surmount the obstacles of bringing the Java Store to other countries if it hopes to get the traffic it wants.  International developers will also have to wait to sell their Java apps at the Java Store.  Sun says the Java Warehouse Developer Portal will be accessible to additional countries "in the coming months."  They can notify you when the portal becomes available in your country if you provide your email.  Another question is whether devlopers will build more RIAs for Java ME, the carriers preference, or using Sun's preferred JavaFX.  We'll just have to wait and see how the Java Store evolves and how it is recieved.

Despite uncertain reception of the coming Java Store, Java founder James Gostling remains optimistic.  Gosling says he has high hopes for the Java Store saying, "The size of the market when you glue together all of these domains where you can deploy Java applications, it's a couple of billion at least."

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Mikael Grev replied on Mon, 2009/11/02 - 8:44pm

I wonder, is there  really enough blue in the UI?

Hantsy Bai replied on Tue, 2009/11/03 - 11:58am

If it is started ten years ago, maybe the game result is different...

Mike P(Okidoky) replied on Tue, 2009/11/03 - 1:20pm

Not even Canada is included? Canada is a high quality 10% of the US/Canada market... Canadians are also *very* well connected to the internet. American introvertism at work, again.

Ian Bull replied on Wed, 2009/11/04 - 12:22am

I don't really get the Java Store. It would be like wanting to shop at the Plastic Store at the mall. Why would I shop there? As a consumer, why do I care that you wrote something in Java? Now, if it's the cool gadget store where some stuff is plastic, and some stuff is Java, and some stuff is... well it doesn't matter, then hey, I might shop there. Apple has an IPhone store because people have IPhones... Apple does not have an Objective-C store (or whatever language you write IPhone apps in). Sun will need to figure out how to market this if they want it to take off, and marketing it to the producers doesn't seem right.

Dirk Lemmermann replied on Wed, 2009/11/04 - 3:58am

+1 for msman

Jochen Bedersdorfer replied on Wed, 2009/11/04 - 4:53pm

+1 for msman I was at JavaOne when Sun announced this and they truly believe that having software written in Java is so special, people want to shop for it.

 Java lost positive brand recognition years ago. Nowadays people still see it as clumsy, slow and bloated for desktop applications. There might be a handful of popular mainstream desktop apps, but the rest is just horrible. I know what I am talking about, I wrote a couple of those horrible ones ;)

If Sun would open this store for apps in general that adhere to certain principles, like cross-platform availability, ease of installation etc. that might be interesting for a lot of people. Think "Steam", but for cross-platform apps...

Mike P(Okidoky) replied on Thu, 2009/11/05 - 3:14am

The people that think that Java on the desktop is slow and clumsy are ignorant people. I've written Swing applications for many years, and the problem is not with Java, but with crappy programmers. I'm sorry to put it this blunty, but I know what I'm talking about.

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