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To: Michael Olin who wrote (322)10/9/1997 2:48:00 PM
From: jim kelley   of 328
JAVA is not needed to service desktops or laptops there are many other methods to do what the applets do without the humongous download and initialization time that the applets require. Also, JAVA is way short of being platform independent. Many times the applets I download just do not work. Some companies offer both applets and standard methods for their charting, etc applications because they know the applets do not always work.

UCSD Pascal was supposed to be platform independent as well by use of virtual runtime processors. Try to find a copy of UCSD Pascal today. It caught on but never really stuck. Now they are talking about using a special processor to speed up the JAVA execution. How can you have platform independence when you have to create yet another platform to execute the JAVA at an acceptable speed?
It is getting to be an overhyped, bad joke.

MSFT has used virtual runtime processor for Visual Basic and some of its other languages. Again, this is supposedly to make it platform independent. But it slowed the application down significantly.

The main platform is the PC which has economies of scale that dwarf those of any other platform including SUNW. There is not much reason to push platform independence when there is a dominant platform. It is not cost effective.

This matter should be resolved in the market place and not by lawyers
acting in place of a standards committee. The court can clarify the contract.

IMO, Rockwell has the right niche application for JAVA in embedded airborne controller applications. They said they are doing this because they are having trouble finding Jovial programmers. It may well be suited for industrial network appliances where the appliances have some flash prom.

As far as bugs are concerned, all operating systems have extensive bug lists especially UNIX. NATO performed studies on the IBM operating systems and found that the buglist was never less than several thousand bugs. Bugs are inherent in the current software design and development process. In addition, true system bugs can be unearthed as a result of new platform configurations at any time.

The upgrade cycle is inherent in software. Upgrades are neccessary to incorporate bug fixes, add new features and products and to blunt the significant effects of software piracy.

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