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[REBOL] Re: oss revisited (briefly!)

From: rgaither:triad:rr at: 13-Feb-2004 12:29

On Feb 13, 2004, at 11:16 AM, Petr Krenzelok wrote:
> Yes, but I also wonder WHO of us uses Java productively? Because, last > time I talked to Cyphre - who did some game in Java for his company, > complained about how BAD acutally compatibility is, and wonders if SUN > cares about QA assurance, as it does not seems to be so. According to > him it looks more like each cell phone company implements functions by > themselves, not by porting some standard code. So I think even with > Java > it will not be so all-works-as-expected, although I understand your > point in regards to rebol ...
From what I have seen in the Java world this is an interesting point. On the one side Java is being used for big projects, internal or as the basis for web services, where the portability is of little value. It is used because it is the "hot" language. It is easier than C++ and has a big community of developers and libraries. On the other side I see products like jEdit ( and Eclipse where the portability is important. In these two products you can see some of the "not" all works as expected, yet it works well enough to be cross platform and functional. I don't use Java as a developer myself but I am now using Java based products every day. This is quite a switch from a couple of years ago when I wouldn't have touched a Java based product for any number of reasons - performance, non standard UI, install and version compatibility headaches. Of course part of this is due to decent Java support on Mac OS X and the lack of some products on that platform. Still, it now has me using jEdit and Eclipse on Windows as well. If I used my Linux machine as anything other than a server Java tools might play an even bigger role for the portability factor. FWIW, Rod. Rod Gaither [rgaither--triad--rr--com] Oak Ridge, NC USA