8th Grade IT
The transition from Apple's Java implementation to Oracle's with the release of Java 7 is a bit of a problem for many Mac users. While the Java runtime should have the necessary components to run most applications, the implementations differ enough, even in minor details, to make some programs simply throw up their hands and not run, claiming a valid Java installation needs to be run. As part of its latest updates to Java, Apple has pushed for users to leave the Java SE 6 platform and adopt Oracle's Java 7 runtime. Usually with multiple Java runtimes installed you can use a utility such as Oracle's Java system preferences or Apple's Java Preferences tool to switch between runtimes; however, the differences between the Oracle's and Apple's implementations make them incompatible with these utilities.