Lion and java compiler and JRE

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by dacoolest, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. dacoolest macrumors regular

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    Is Lion comes with a java compiler installed? I remember once I typed javac in in one of my friends newly bought mac and some info about the compiler was printed. But it seems mine doesn't have java pre-installed and I get a message saying that I need to install java. Just curious to know.

    The next question is, is it recommended for normal users to not to install java components? (I've seen a certain article suggest to disable java to speed up browsing).
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    It is well-known that Apple no longer develops the Java Virtual Machine for MacOS X beginning with Lion. The responsibility for the Lion JVM has been assumed by Oracle/Sun. The first time that you try to run a Java app, you will be prompted to download the latest version of Java. When I installed Lion, I recall being given the option of downloading and installing the Java Virtual Machine then and there--which I did.
     
  3. dacoolest thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply. Do you think apple is trying to ditch java? And, are there any security/performance related problems emerging if java is turned on?
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Java is not Apple's to ditch. When Apple developed Java for MacOS X, the complaint was that MacOS X Java was perpetually behind the Sun-developed versions on other platforms. Now that Oracle/Sun develops Java for MacOS X, Mac users are secure in the knowledge that they will have the latest version of the Java environment as long as there is a market for Java.
     

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