Tue, 19 Dec 2000 20:24:50 +1100
From: "Dale Jr, William" <[log in to unmask]>
> I do not feel that licensing S/W engineers will help since they are not
> and if used ignored! In fact, I think SE as a degree should be eliminated
> completely and SE concepts should be required to be taught to ALL
> They end up writing the code and designing the system anyway -- so lets
> them trained to do a better job. Otherwise we will be dealing with MatLab
> and Java hackers trying to design reliable systems!
It's possible to make reasonably reliable systems using Java. It's
capable - in the
right hands, with the right tools - of being not too bad, especially
to C++ in any of its guises. But...
I wouldn't like to bet my life on such a system, even the best Java I've
And I now have a reasonable number of KLoCs of both languages under my belt.
OTOH I have bet my life, and others lives, on Ada-83 code I've written.
It's marginally easier to implement some OO constructions in Java than
though the difference may be a matter of personal taste. The various library
from JDOM to SWING provide functionality in a neat way, and the Javadoc
are great, as good or better than the DIANA or other Ada doc methods that
really caught on. If only there were *well publicised* Ada equivalents that
every GNAT distribution. Sure there are some, but not many (that I know
But all you have to do is look at for (int i=0;i<foo;i++) and you'll see
that the C
foundation of Java cripples it. And as for any task involving numerical
or interfacing with peculiar peripherals (no representation, no
or floats, no fixed point types...) it just won't cut the mustard.