Posted Apr 7, 2005 17:03 UTC (Thu) by AJWM
In reply to: A shamei
Parent article: GCJ - past, present, and future
Very little of Free Software is written in Java, aside from what might be used by those already obliged to use Java
Well, you could probably say the same about C++, or Perl, or even C. People tend to write free software in whatever language they're comfortable with, which will tend to be whatever they're using on a day-to-day basis.
As to "obliged" -- I've written free software in Java when I was obliged to use Visual C++, and even when I was obliged to use Perl. I've also written free software in C and C++ and even Pascal. Even Fortran77, come to think of it.
I'm not a big fan of J2EE, nor for projects where you might want to take close advantage of the Unix (or Linux) view of a filesystem (although that sort of thing is often better done with a database these days anyway), but it's a nice easy, and even more, safe language for medium projects.
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