So uses Java on their Android platform. Then buys and thus acquires Java. Then Oracle sues for its use of Java. And who is the first victim of this sordid situation? 2010 attendees.

It has been widely reported that Google has decided to take the “I’m taking my ball and going home” approach to dealing with the situation by boycotting the (now Oracle run) JavaOne conference starting on the 19th of this month. I just had it confirmed when I received the following email telling me the traditional Joshua Bloch (a Google employee these days) Java Puzzlers presentation has been pulled from the schedule.

Dear JavaOne Attendee,

We regret to inform you that the following session you are currently
enrolled in has been cancelled and removed from your schedule.

Session ID: S314408
Title: Java Puzzlers: Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel
Date: Monday, Sept 20
Start Time: 4:00pm
Location: Hilton San Francisco, Grand Ballroom B

Please visit Schedule Builder to schedule another session for this time:

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank You,

Oracle Content Team

(The spelling mistake is theirs).

Anyone who has attended JavaOne in the last few years knows that the Java Puzzlers presentations are one of the highest attended presentations in the conference, second only to the keynotes in my experience.

So boo to Oracle for their lawsuit in the first place.

But a bigger BOO to Google for their reaction. The JavaOne attendees deserve better (especially just 10 days before the conference) and the Java as a whole deserves better.