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From: ryanc:iesco-dms at: 21-Sep-2000 18:57

> On 9/22/2000 at 8:51 AM [allen--rebolforces--com] wrote: > > > If we had the ability to compile code / or hide source in > distributions, it would help spur the development of 3rd party add-on > industry and the off the shelf apps too. > > [news--ted--husted--com] wrote: > > Maybe. But PHP and Perl don't have this, and apps are legion. > Meanwhile, Java does have this are apps are relatively sparse. >
PERL was created awhile before Java, and I would expect had "first in mind" to many of us for many categories, CGI, script language, *n?x programming, internet programming, and maybe even cross platform. Java came in later in the game, successfully aquiring the cross platform category, but too late and under equiped to gain popularity anywhere else. Such as my father always says, "a day late and a dollar short." Now Java has just recently overtook Visual BASIC as the most widely used programming language in the world. I must attribute its success to many factors, the primary of course being it "owns" cross platform, but arguably the secondary factor is the fact its compilable. All that hype did'nt hurt either. --Ryan Ryan Cole Programmer Analyst 707-468-5400 We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. --Buddha