• Subject: RE: "Client Access" for Linux
  • From: "McCallion, Martin" <MccalliM@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 15:05:54 -0000

Brad Stone said:

> Why don't they tell you that when they say "Java is portable"?  It's
> convieniently left out.
> So, it should be..
> "Our application uses Java, which is 100% portable*."
> * Java portability depends on the JVM installed on your 
> machine.  It also
> only applies to applications, not servlets, beans or applets. 
>  So, chances
> are since we wrote this for M$, it will only work on M$ just 
> like if we had
> programmed this in VB exclusivly for M$, except it will run 
> slower.  But
> hey, it sold the product, didn't it?  And please don't ask us 
> how to tell
> which JVM you have installed.    

I don't think that's entirely fair.  Java code that doesn't employ any
OS-specific extensions ("100% Pure Java") will run on any
properly-written JVM.  And if someone is shipping a JVM that doesn't run
Java correctly, then a) I expect they're violating their licence
agreement with Sun, and b) their JVM is likely to perish in the

And as for speed relative to VB, well, we have a product that we're
re-writing in Java from VB partly because it's faster in Java.



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