A major reason for Java being hard to use is the enormous size of the runtime library, which just grows and grows and grows. Did you know that you can do XSLT transformation, schedule tasks to be run every night at 2 AM, and parse HTML just with the standard Java libraries? 
Yup. Which is why I have a real problem with people saying Java is "hard"
because the concepts aren't any harder than any other language (since
they're the same), and in fact they're probably easier because they're so
rigidly defined. The syntax is finicky, but as we agree, syntax is arguably
the least important component of programming.
I guess Java just appeals to the orderly part of my soul <grin>.Well, Java somehow has managed to be a MAINTAINABLE language - no idea how, but you can throw most code at just about any java programmer and they have a chance for dealing with it. There is a great advantage in the general naming actually meaning what the class do.
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