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General Development There are plenty of programming languages around. David Chisnall points out the various factors that determine what makes a "good" language. But note his caveat: These principles don't always apply in any given set of circumstances!
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Speed != CPU utilization
by egarland on Mon 23rd Oct 2006 15:44 UTC
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One of the interesting things about Java is that people's big speed objection to Java seems to have little to do with CPU utilization.

It seems to instead stem from need to compile the program and any libraries it uses at launch. This burst of activity does a bunch of disk and memory IO that blows out disk and CPU caches and generally makes a machine sluggish for a while afterwords. Combine that with an often sluggish UI and the language ends up rarely used for client side applications.

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