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Finally Sun went completely bonkers with JavaComm

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Joined: 2005-07-15

I just had to recognized that Sun has dropped their JavaComm reference implementation for Windows! The JavaComm page now reads:

Implementations of the API are currently available for Solaris SPARC, Solaris x86, and Linux x86.

and there is of course no trace of a download for Windows any more. This leaves the largest computing platform in the world without a standard Java API for accessing serial interfaces (yes, I know RxTx, but that one is not a standard API). Programmers will love it that they now have to change their programs ASAP to use some other API, because users can't even get an older API implementation any more.

Congratulations Sun, for making that decision. Abso-fscking-lutely unbelievable.

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Joined: 2006-06-26

We develop a large java point of sale system, based on windows. We use the java comm api for all our communication with printers, cash drawers, pole displays, etc. It has been a continuing disappointment to see the lack of effort put into the comm api by sun. We are currently looking at moving away from comm towards RXTX, or possibly the API provided by serialio:

During the 5 years I have been working with java pos, I have seen nothing but neglect of the comm api by sun.

- Luke