Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Apr 2008 15:43 UTC
General Development is running an opinion piece on the extensive reliance of programmers today on languages like Java and .NET. The author lambastes the performance penalties that are associated with running code inside virtualised environments, like Java's and .NET's. "It increases the compute burden on the CPU because in order to do something that should only require 1 million instructions (note that on modern CPUs 1 million instructions executes in about one two-thousandths (1/2000) of a second) now takes 200 million instructions. Literally. And while 200 million instructions can execute in about 1/10th of a second, it is still that much slower." The author poses an interesting challenge at the end of his piece - a challenge most OSNews readers will have already taken on. Note: Please note that many OSNews items now have a "read more" where the article in question is discussed in more detail.
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The reality is that what the MS-DOS shell he claims was what it ran under, was really more of a boot loader to bootstrap Windows 9x, and once its job was done, it was gone.

That's not really true. If you check the Caldera antitrust lawsuit against MS, you can see evidence against it. They modified DR-DOS to identify itself as MS-DOS 7 and to log all calls to int 21h (basically, calls to ask DOS to do something), then ran Win95 on top of this. They found that DOS was still used rather extensively - DOS was used for pretty much everything it was capable of doing.

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