A lot of technical people were thrilled with Java, because it FINALLY allowed to write large programs without spending hours compiling stuff or waiting for Perl interpreter to muddle through the code.
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.
Now you're projecting.
I know only of Tcl/Tk which requires, shall we say, quite a bit of getting used to.
Tcl/Tk is a lot better than its reputation. It is safe to say that if Sun had spent all that money they spent pushing Java on pushing Tcl/Tk instead (which would have been quite feasible given that Java was a SunLabs project at the time) the world would be a different (and arguably better) place. Remember that in the 1990s Tcl/Tk was a language that actually had serious commercial users all over the place, while Java was a language desperately in search of something – anything, really – it could make itself useful for. Set-top boxes, web applets, you name it.
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.
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