Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 10:20:39 -0600 From: "Leif Svalgaard" <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Java is now dead Leif wrote: >From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >> No, Java's not dead, but there are a lot of other >> reasons why developers haven't flocked to Java > >I don't disagree, but, Hans, would you elaborate >on some of these other reasons? First, on the browser side, client-side scripting (of any stripe) really hasn't taken off. There are too many implementation differences amongst the various scripting languages. As a result, proper web site design relegates client-side scripting largely to appearance issues. Thus, you could be justified in saying Java is dead on the client. Java has found its place, however, on the server side. But there the competition is fierce. Besides CGI applications written in your favorite language (C, RPG, REXX, Perl, etc), you also have Net.Data, ASP, PHP, and ZOPE (to name just a few). Although Java and WebSphere may be well suited to large enterprise applications, there is probably more support for CGI apps written in Perl than any other language. As a result, there are probably more web sites out there that use Perl than any other language. So, it's not that Java is a bad language, it's just that there are a lot of other choices that are more attractive for one reason or another. Many programmers use what they know, which is why RPG is becoming popular for CGI on the AS/400, er, iSeries. For Linux programmers, Perl is popular since it's free and there's lots of support available. It also integrates easily with databases and you can even do OOP in Perl. The wild syntax of Perl also appeals to the anarchic nature of Linux fans. -- Hans Boldt, ILE RPG Development, IBM Toronto Lab, email@example.com +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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