Fri, 24 Oct 1997 15:22:43 -0400
This is a second opinion, also published with the article
I mentioned earlier. I wonder how this editor would react
if he knew about Ada?
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Opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily those of anyone else.
Java has to happen--the world needs a
universal programming language, a lingua
franca of application programming. Visual
Basic is never going to catch on as a universal
programming language, and C isn't suited to
the Web. Just as HTML is supported on every
Web client everywhere, Java programs (at least basic ones) will
eventually run on any computer, anywhere.
Sure, Java will probably never be used to create
platform-independent programs that are at once rich and deep,
or cross-platform programs with all the features of Microsoft
Office and the real-time blitz of, say, Quake. But a
programming language that every computer supports has been
the dream of application developers as long as there have been
application developers. Java will succeed in its mission of
"write once, run anywhere" for that reason alone: because the
people who write programs will insist on it.
--Rafe Needleman, editor of CNET