My apologies to the Joe Pluta and the list if I have sidetracked it too far.
This will be my final post, and is relevant to Java because it answers what
Joe Sam asked:

On 9/26/07, Joe Sam Shirah <joe_sam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


Feel free to vent. My "unfortunate" comment was mostly a joke; I'll
put
plenty of smileys next time. The rest of it wasn't, although my "trust"
comment was aimed only at whether mono will be allowed to be viable long
term. Your other comments, of course, made that observation moot.


While you were mostly joking, there is still an under current of contempt in
the IBM community whenever an MS solution is presented.

I do have a question, though. Please don't misunderstand. As far as I
am concerned you are more than welcome here, and if that were not the
case,
it wouldn't matter because I don't run the list, etc. But why are you on
this list? I'm looking for a serious answer. If:

"cross-platform delivery is ...irrelevant to me."

and

.net is your area of choice, so you aren't looking for any Java
capabilities,

I don't get it. I don't run down your view or choices, I just don't get
it.



And a perfectly valid question it is. I am still on this list for several
reasons:

1) Java was my first non-RPG language, and the iSeries is still my primary
server, so I have an interest in keeping abreast with these things.
2) I still have a website on an iSeries that runs partially in Java, both
Servlets and JSPs, so the topic is still relevant to me, just not for new
development.
3) C# and .NET are similar in design to Java and the JRE, and the two
languages are kissing cousins, so most discussions dealing with Java are of
interest to me, even if I don't apply them directly.
4) There are good architecture discussions on this list that could benefit
my development.
5) I like the people, I just choose (usually) to not participate (and you
can see why).

Just because I'm not looking for cross-platform delivery does not mean I'm
not interested in multiple platforms, just that I don't expect the same GUI
program to function on multiple machines. The iSeries is the best d*mn
database server out there, and you'll have to pry it from my cold dead
fingers to get me to stop using it, but that is pretty much where my
loyalties end.

Again, my apologies to anyone who thinks I'v ebeen wasting their bandwidth.


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