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CNET News.com: Advanced-placement tests switch to Java

Dec 20, 2000, 16:07 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The growing popularity of Java has been reinforced by a decision to standardize advanced-placement courses in U.S. high schools around Sun Microsystems' programming language."

"The College Board has decided to switch to Java to test for programming skills in advanced-placement (AP) computer science tests. The change from the current programming language, C++, will be made in the 2003-2004 academic year, the board said."

"When the College Board moved from Pascal to C++ in the mid-1990s, Kim Bruce of Williams College suggested skipping straight to Java. "I think that the weight of evidence no longer supports the belief in the eventual dominance of C++," Bruce wrote in 1996. "The advantages of Java over C++ at this point seem overwhelming."

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