Oracle is just evil. Ok, so I am biased, but serious, when you try to patent/trademark small lines of code–you deserve to be called out by the judge:
Judge: We heard the testimony of Mr. Bloch. I couldn’t have told you the first thing about Java before this problem. I have done, and still do, a significant amount of programming in other languages. I’ve written blocks of code like rangeCheck a hundred times before. I could do it, you could do it. The idea that someone would copy that when they could do it themselves just as fast, it was an accident. There’s no way you could say that was speeding them along to the marketplace. You’re one of the best lawyers in America, how could you even make that kind of argument?
Oracle: I want to come back to rangeCheck.
Judge: rangeCheck! All it does is make sure the numbers you’re inputting are within a range, and gives them some sort of exceptional treatment. That witness, when he said a high school student could do it–
How awesome? A coding judge. One who knows, or teaches himself so he will know what is going on. If only more judges would do that. And more politicians. We would see how the megacorporations of the world like Apple and Microsoft are trying to kill and stifle creativity. They both are trying to hold up Android imports at the border. Seriously? Come on world, wisen up. Ugg!