We need “Computing for Future Judges”

June 6, 2012 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

Nice blog piece from Cay Horstmann on the legal judgment in the Google and Oracle case.  In the end, what won the day is that the judge knew something about coding!  Cay explains why this is a big deal.

Now, here is the other interesting aspect. When you read through the history of copyright lawsuits, you’ll be struck by how clueless the courts can be. Look at those dueling dental programs. Those judges, about as clued in as the senior managers who watch our demos, totally equate user interface with program structure. If two programs have similar screens, surely one must have ripped off the other.

But Alsup cuts right to the chase. Why? Because in a prior life, he wrote some code!!! He knows that rangeCheck isn’t rocket science because he has coded something like it before. He told the Oracle attorney that he should be ashamed at himself, making a mountain out of a molehill, because deep in his guts he knew. Those judges looking at the dental programs didn’t.

via The Grand War is over, and what we can Learn from it | Java.net.

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