Linked by snydeq on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 07:23 UTC
General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister gets into the holiday spirit with a post that gives thanks to technical advances for developers, including open source tools, modern IDEs, and distributed version control. 'I'm old enough to remember when performance-critical routines meant hand-coded assembly language and sometimes even keying in machine code as hexadecimal digits. We've come a long way since those bad old days, and not surprisingly we owe a lot of our progress to technology. So for this Thanksgiving, here are just a few of the modern advances for which I, as a developer, give thanks.' What are you giving thanks to?
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For Sun
by whartung on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 17:00 UTC
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I'm thankful for Sun, for the company, and the employees, and all that they did in the Java space -- from the language, to the standards, to the tools.

They were not alone in bringing Java to the state (for good or ill, but mostly good) it is at in the industry today, but they were definitely the 800lb gorilla in the room. We've seen the two tacts that could be taken between similar technologies when we contrast how Sun and MS both handled their respective stacks.

Today, Java is a truly remarkable platform for building information systems upon, its mostly runs "everywhere", it performant and powerful.

That capability empowers individual developers and industry small and large around the world. I don't know what would have taken its place if Sun had not shepherded Java as it did, I don't know what else could have risen up and have such a wide reach.

Not to discount all the thousands of people and the other large players (notably IBM) that have brought Java is where it is today, but a large part of it is because of Suns efforts.

So, thanks Sun.

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