Botezatu acknowledges, however, that isn't likely to happen. "Oracle isn't open to making major changes because they could break applications already in the market," he added.
The problem Oracle faces with Java development is one faced by all software makers: How to improve a program without destroying its compatibility with previous versions.
"Look at Windows Vista and how it failed to become adopted because some customers' applications didn't work from XP to Vista," Botezatu explained.
Nevertheless, some signs indicate Oracle is trying to address some of the issues raised by Botezatu. On Friday, the company announced that, starting with the release of Java 8 in September, new releases will be rolled out on a two-year schedule.