Java on the Mac
I recently packaged a program I was writing as a jar. Since I was using Netbeans, I packaged it using Java 5 release 10 and Java 6, the dev kits that are available for download. Unfortunately, neither jar worked on my friends' computers that had Macs. For PC users it worked fine, but they couldn't upgrade their versions of Java. I asked the Apple Campus Rep (who happened to be one of these friends) what his take on the situation was and he mentioned that Sun doesn't support Apple. I thought I'd cross check that with Java devs. Does Sun support Java on Macs? If not, why? If so, why is Apple always a step behind when it comes to Java? They're running Java 5 release 4 after the newest update for the OS. Leopard will be running Java 6, which although it has been released officially by Sun, it is only a dev preview for Mac. Also, release 7 is under development by Sun already but I saw nothing about 7 on the Mac webpage on Apple's site. Is there a reason Mac builds aren't released?