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LinuxProgramming: New Java-on-Linux Releases from Sun

Jun 29, 2000, 13:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Foster-Johnson)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Java should be a natural fit for Linux. By compiling code to architecture-neutral byte codes, Java applications run on any platform where you can get a Java runtime engine. Furthermore, the Java object-oriented programming language has taken the world by storm, creating one of the fastest-growing job markets."

"Java, though, has never really taken off on Linux. Part of the problem was that new Java release appeared on Windows NT and Sun's Solaris for a long time, often years, before they appeared on Linux. With new Java updates coming out about every six months, or sooner, this meant that Linux was among the also-rans when it came to support for Java. Because of that, and perhaps because of personal preferences, most Linux developers stayed away from Java."

"Well, all that has been changing. IBM, in particular, has been leading the fray with releases of both a 1.1.8 JDK, or Java Development Kit, and a 1.3 preview release. Also noteworthy is IBM's incredibly-fast jikes Java compiler. ... Now, Sun Microsystems, creator of the Java language, is coming along, too. Sun already released an official Linux version of the 1.2.2 JDK... This provides a standard, official version of Java 2. The 1.2.2 JDK level provides the baseline where most Java developers are working at."

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