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Did Anyone Notice Java's App Store Was Dead?

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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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