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An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
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A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
It runs everywhere!
Posted Aug 21, 2012 16:39 UTC (Tue) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
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Besides, Oracle only distributes JVMs for a very limited set of 8 operating system and processor architecture combinations: Linux x86, Linux x64, Mac OS X, Solaris x86, Solaris SPARC, Solaris x64, Windows x86, Windows x64. Considering that ARM systems probably outnumber all these combined, it is a great limitation.
In all this discussion I haven't even brought out the most annoying point of Java development: its "native" graphical toolkits AWT and Swing, which are not integrated with any environments and look alien everywhere. Luckily there is SWT, but it does not precisely simplify the configuration management problem.
Posted Aug 21, 2012 22:52 UTC (Tue) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
Posted Aug 22, 2012 9:21 UTC (Wed) by cortana (subscriber, #24596)
Posted Aug 22, 2012 14:54 UTC (Wed) by pboddie (subscriber, #50784)
Meanwhile, with Java runtime environments, if you don't want to run the Sun JRE or just can't, even if OpenJDK should do the job because of its common heritage and proximity to the Sun JRE, that's no guarantee it will work. As I noted, people in certain industries are great at touting the supposed openness of a technology while deploying something that only works with one vendor's specific product.
It also doesn't inspire confidence that Oracle as a vendor, ignoring the reputation currently enjoyed by the company after its recent behaviour, still lives on pre-Internet time with respect to security updates. That said, I do wonder how much attention any of the JREs get in comparison to widely-used open source projects.
Posted Aug 22, 2012 15:07 UTC (Wed) by cortana (subscriber, #24596)
Posted Aug 22, 2012 1:07 UTC (Wed) by pflugstad (subscriber, #224)
I've had a lot better luck with those than I have with the various IcedTea incantations on ARM/Linux.
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