• Subject: Re: Java is now dead
  • From: boldt@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 10:24:56 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

booth wrote:
>I sure would hate to be a firm that has committed to Microsoft as their
>platform for development.  .net sounds like everything related to Windows
>programming for the last decade is not only suddenly "legacy"  but is also

>in danger of becoming more and more unusable with each new release of the
>Windows Vision.
>It may seem trivial or even negative, but the fact that RPG and RPGII
>still runs on a 64 bit operating system seems to me to be even more
>dramatic now.

Bingo!  Clearly, if you're a MS customer (and who isn't these
days), you have to deal with the company's games playing.
The only reason for .net is that it's "not Java".  When they
tried to fragment the Java market with their own extensions,
Sun wouldn't let them.  So now, they try to fragment the
market with their own "vision".  And the scary thing is that
this time, it just might work.

I take that back - MS isn't fragmenting the marketplace, it
already was fragmented to begin with.  In the server market,
MS is still not the dominant player, and their market share
isn't growing at all compared to Linux and other Unixen.

No, Java's not dead.  It's just not as ubiquitous as its
proponents would have liked.  Furthermore, it's not just MS
that is responsible for that.  MS abandoning Java certainly
isn't good news for Java fans, but there are a lot of other
reasons why developers haven't flocked to Java.  MS as "Java
Killer" is just part of the hype surrounding .net.

Hans Boldt, ILE RPG Development, IBM Toronto Lab, boldt@ca.ibm.com

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