Question From a Reader

The following question came in from a reader who happened to catch one of my posts on a programming email list. ==== As usual, I quite enjoy your detailed analysis coupled with historical contexts, since I learned my trade through those days (Sun SPARC workstations, VAX minicomputers running VMS, etc.).  They are always entertaining, usually …

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Java Write Once, Run a Few Places

For decades now, the IT industry has been searching for the ultimate portable language. Each new language thrust upon us promised to be the ultimate in portability. FORTRAN was supposed to let a programmer work anywhere…until you had to pull your data from tapes and files. COBOL had similar problems, but really jumped the shark …

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