Linked by Christopher W. Cowell-Shah on Thu 8th Jan 2004 19:33 UTC
General Development This article discusses a small-scale benchmark test run on nine modern computer languages or variants: Java 1.3.1, Java 1.4.2, C compiled with gcc 3.3.1, Python 2.3.2, Python compiled with Psyco 1.1.1, and the four languages supported by Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET 2003 development environment: Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, and Visual J#. The benchmark tests arithmetic and trigonometric functions using a variety of data types, and also tests simple file I/O. All tests took place on a Pentium 4-based computer running Windows XP. Update: Delphi version of the benchmark here.
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IDE slow startup time in Java
by MikeDreamingofabetterDay: OS X on Fri 9th Jan 2004 03:45 UTC

Just one point, Java long startup time is caused by Java doing what most languages don't: class verification. In essesnce, a scan of the class files to be sure they haven't been hacked.

Again, if you "get" Java you put up with the "time" issue for the benefit you get from the language. The Java Security model and the productivity of it's huge class library.