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LinuxWorld: Why Linux is the platform of choice for many Java developers

Mar 02, 2000, 22:35 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The number of tools has exploded in the last few months. Major vendors such as Cygnus (now owned by Red Hat), IBM, and Sun have all released IDEs, Java Developer Kits (JDKs), compilers, and other critical pieces for developing Java on Linux."

"It wasn't impractical to develop in Java on Linux before. A lot of people did it using basic tools like text editors to supplement the versions of the JDK available from organizations like the Blackdown group. However, the new generation of tools -- including Java Virtual Machines (JVMs), compilers, IDEs, and version control systems -- promises a more sophisticated experience. In the last six months Linux has moved from being a Java platform for pioneers to a major OS for developing and running Java applications."

"I think the vast majority of Java developers today use their favorite editor plus the JDK," says Rick Ross, founder of the JavaLobby, a Java advocacy group. "There's a much lower adoption and reliance on the IDE for Java development than, say, for Visual Basic, where it's impossible to do development without the IDE."

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