Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Oct 2010 09:13 UTC
Mac OS X After the news that the new MacBook Airs do not ship with Flash pre-installed (which is news considering Flash has been part of Mac OS X for a very long time), we now have news that Apple is also taking what appears to be the first steps towards removing Apple's own Java runtime from Mac OS X.
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RE[2]: Thank You
by Clinton on Mon 25th Oct 2010 05:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Thank You"
Clinton
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You probably don't know how valuable it is in the enterprise. It is powering many crucial applications where availability and performance is crucial. Of course, for simple webapps it is not best option anymore. True. But banking systems, medical data systems etc. benefit from Java.


I think that isn't so much because Java is great, but more because those industries simply won't switch from Java to something easier to work with because they are slow moving industries. I've worked at a couple of banks, and some apps are still written in COBOL, but that doesn't make COBOL a great language.

Performance and high quality software is possible in Java; but you need to know what you are doing. It is very easy to write crappy code that is very inefficient.


That's the problem with Java, I think. It is far too wordy and complicated, so developers (especially those new to Java) end up writing crappy code.

And the development of other languages on the JVM (Scala/Groovy/JRuby) is also very valuable.


I won't comment on Scala or Groovy, since I've never used them, but languages like JRuby and Jython exist due to ePenis envy on the part of Java developers since developing in languages like Python and Ruby is much more rewarding than developing in Java. ;)

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