Will Mono Become the Preferred Platform for Linux Development? (O'ReillyNet)
Posted Mar 12, 2004 17:19 UTC (Fri) by ncm
Parent article: Will Mono Become the Preferred Platform for Linux Development? (O'ReillyNet)
No, thank you. If C# were the Right Thing for C++, Java would have been the Right Thing, earlier. As it happened, Java never caught on outside of those areas where its use was enforced by corporate directive, and there are very few Java programs meant for use by anyone not already using the language. There are good reasons for this.
The problems that both languages try to solve are not problems that Free Software has. Free Software has much better solutions for its own problems, and has no need to trade off speed, power, and simplicity to solve them. Even portability to non-Unixy environments, the raison d'etre for a CLR, is not compelling: both Python programs and the Python interpreter have always been more portable than Java, to a much more varied range of target platforms.
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