Crowding out OpenBSD
Posted Nov 20, 2012 12:11 UTC (Tue) by man_ls
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The idea was actually that a single "binary" (bytecode actually) could run, unmodified, on several platforms. Yes, "write" here is grossly misused.
Given that the bytecode was in fact interpreted by the VM (and later compiled on the fly), the comparison to compiled languages was misdirected: Java had the inconvenience of having to compile and the slowness of interpreted languages, but none of the advantages. It would have been more appropriate to compare with interpreted languages such as Python or Perl, but then Java would have lost big time since VMs were only available for a handful of platforms and the competition can run, unmodified, on tens. Here by "platform" I mean a combination of OS and processor architecture.
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