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Weekly Poll: How Safe is Java?

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Weekly Poll: How Safe is Java?

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In the last week, the Java web plugin was found to have a security exploit severe enough to merit the US Department of Homeland Security broadcasting a security warning and instructing users to disable the popular web browsing plugin until further notice. Oracle's first hotfix of the issue, in fact, did not secure a "green light" from authorities. Concerns are only now easing, after an additional patch has been launched by Oracle.

Oracle's patch Sunday, January 13, 2013 was an irregular occurrence. Java has long been considered one of the safer platforms available for web content, despite Oracle's track record of letting large security issues wait until their quarterly Java patch. In part due to the unusually large amount of attention this security flaw has drawn, Oracle made the decision to release an emergency patch— but is it too little, too late?

That, it seems, is the question on many people's minds this week: how safe is Java? Java already isn't as sexy as Ruby or Python to the younger generation of emerging developers. So, will this recent political snafu deter even more of the CS grads from using Java in their projects? Will it it be too much of a risk for some small or large businesses? Might it send more enterprises over to C# and the .NET realm? Let us know in this week's poll, and see the results so far instantly.

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