>> It's disappointing to say the least, but
>> I'm going down the c++ path. I'm not doing
>> any conversion, simply identifying key
>> functionality and redesigning it in c++
>> on an as needed basis.

>To each his own.  Java, I can tolerate,
>(just barely) but if C++ were my only option,
>I would leave the software industry.

Oh, java has problems:

1. deficiency of Java is lack of generics / templates.
2. is the lack of operator overloading
3. The "java performance" oxymoron seen everywhere.
4. Have you read this article, for example?

By that I am not saying that C++ is better.