Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm
Java, one of the most exciting technical developments of recent years, has been credited with everything from saving the Internet to reviving the concept of client-server computing. But does it really mean much to the UNIX world? Is it just another programming language (as Microsoft claims), or is there more to the story? In this article we’ll examine the UNIX industry’s view of Java.
In a nutshell, Java’s primary promise is to “write once, run anywhere.” The goal is to be truly system-independent (of both hardware and operating systems). Whether this is happening today is another matter. Java has made the World Wide Web more than just a medium for the delivery of static multimedia documents. The Web would have been popular anyway, but with Java, it excites the imagination. Finally, since Java initially was created to power set-top boxes, it has a design center that enables consistent programming from small non-PC computers to large enterprise servers.
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