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? [1]

I laugh, and/or roll my eyes, whenever I look at the size of the runtime library for Java, C, or any other "modern small language," and/or I hear people criticizing languages like PL/I because all their built-in functionality makes them so huge.


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