> Yes, because Java in the 1990s gave you the joint benefit of both spending hours compiling stuff and waiting for the JVM to muddle through the code.
Java compilation was fast enough not to care about it. And JVM has had a JIT compiler since 96.
> Tcl/Tk is a lot better than its reputation.
Blergh. I remember hours of debugging trying to find where it concatenated strings incorrectly. Thanks, but no thanks.
Now, Smalltalk (and Strongtalk) might have been more widespread. That might have been more interesting.
> It is probably telling that Tcl/Tk, while never having had much of a marketing force behind it, is still popular in many places – and not unimportant ones, either.
Thankfully, it's getting used less and less.