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Bullshit. There are plenty of cross-platform RDBMSes that are not
implemented in this grotesque proprietary abomination that Java is.

My comment, or Sun's decision ?

Sun's decision. Compulsive Javamania.

There are bulkloads of programming languages and frameworks that allow
cross-platform application development way better than Java will ever

How many of those cross-platform RDBMs were :

- available in 2004 (when the decision was made to upgrade the OOo1
Base iteration to something new) ?

Postgres (back then without SQL) version 1 was released in 1989.

And before Postgres there was Ingres from the same developers. That's
where the name comes from, after all.
- didn't require masses of developer investment time and resources to
integrate into the codebase ?

The SDBC driver was already there, developed by third-parties.
- ran on OSX, Windows and Linux ?

PostgreSQL runs on:

It's even *shipped* with the default installation of MacOS X Server.
- weren't Java based ?

PostgreSQL isn't.

If you're a completely obsessive Java fetishist, you *can* use PL/Java
for server-side application logic though.

- could be made to run in a single file and be portable across various
OSes ?

I don't see a reason for the "single file" requirement.

It's installed separately anyway.



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