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Smart Partner: Java Junkies Revisited

Jun 23, 2000, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Fred Aun)

"Barring a sudden cold shoulder from IBM, a gaffe by Sun Microsystems, or some other unlikely event, Java is on track to become one of the primary programming languages of e-commerce. And it should provide a bright future for those who know their way around the Beans and Enterprise Editions."

"Some holdouts remain: People who question whether Java can replace COBOL, C++ or Visual Basic as a language for mission-critical, big-time business applications. A number of industry experts insist it needs to brew a bit, but its time is coming quickly."

"Java is definitely catching on," acknowledges Ian Hayes, president of Clarity Consulting in Massachusetts. "But most of what I've seen with Java has been working with interfaces, like doing Web front ends and so forth. No one I know of would go and program a Java accounting program or something like that. ... Java will really go mainstream the second somebody can do a warehouse distribution application in Java."

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