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VNU Net: Java's guru spills the beans

Sep 08, 1999, 15:40 (24 Talkback[s])

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"James Gosling talks about his life, his work and his favourite film."

"Zombiehead: James, what's your stance on Java in relation to open source? It's one of the reasons Linux is successful. Do you see this as a future possibility?

JG: We'd like to deal with the problem of Java not working on Linux. It's a somewhat complex problem. The inter-operability problems with Linux are just horrible. You have to be excruciatingly careful because all the different flavours of Linux are all slightly different."

"SideshowBob: Is there space for a greatest common denominator when the reality is that the vast majority of developers... want tools that enable them to build the best possible Windows apps?

JG: We would like to ensure you can build the best possible Windows apps in Java, but also we're trying to make sure that when you build that Windows app, it also runs on the Mac or Linux. If you want to optimise totally for one platform, there are things on our to-do list that we need to get to. At least these days the to-do list is pretty small..."

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