Did Jonathan Schwartz Endorse Android’s Cleanroom Java Implementation?

A November 5th blog posting by Sun’s former CEO, Jonathon Schwartz, is being widely held as a smoking gun that undermines Oracle’s lawsuit against Android.

But does it I’m obviously a big Android booster (which, as most readers have noticed, does not make me a Google booster. I don’t wave their flag), but I think this is a pretty weak claim.

Consider that Schwartz posted his blog entry congratulating Google on the same day that the Open Handset Alliance announced Android. In the OHA press release and you
won’t find any mention of clean-room Java implementations, Dalvik, or other not-Java mentions. The best you’ll find is a third-party talking about their J2ME runtime.

Prior to this, everyone simply talked about it being a Java-based
device.

So was the community, and thus Schwartz, aware of Google’s Dalvik plans when he posted his entry?

Probably not. Consider that he talks about offering the NetBeans platform for Android development. That clearly never came to pass.

The best, albeit decaying, meter of prevalent knowledge at any given point was Usenet newsgroups (now polluted as Google adds various other sources in, many having bogus dates that completely undermines the date-search value).

Prior to November 11th of 2007, there wasn’t a single mention of Dalvik, at best there was commentary noting Sun’s glaring absence from the Open Handset Alliance.

On November 12th, the floodgates opened as Google released the first SDK. The community gained awareness of their Apache Harmony derived VM.

Schwartz, and most of the technology community, had no idea what Google was doing on the Java side prior to November 12th, 2007. I don’t think his blog is indicative of much.

With knowledge of the Dalvik engine, though, speculation immediately
turned to how this would play out
. Prescient.