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Subject: FLASH: RE: FLASH's future (OT: RE: Java)
From: Troy M. Gilbert
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 02:38:07 GMT

>Java- Is it going to lose even more momentum?

Losing momentum? I don't think so. Here's an interesting fact from IBM:
60%-90% of software companies are writing their new products in Java. With
the release of the Java 2 Platform (the platform formerly known as JDK
1.2), Java is a serious contender (if it wasn't already). I use C++ and
Java all day. If I had to choose, I would choose Java in seconds. Most
people I know who have used Java to any extent would agree with me. It
takes a good thing and makes it great. It's built around solid computer
science principles (100% pure object oriented, everything abstracted from
the hardware, etc).

Actually, sorry this strayed off-topic. The main reason I wanted to post
this tidbit on Java to the list is that I was the Flashers out there to
maintain their faith in Java and do what they can to ensure that they and
their clients have *up-to-date Java VM's*!! Right now, that's the main
thing slowing Java's progress. Why do I ask this of Flashers? Well, right
now myself and others are working to release a cross-platform
player/plug-in and SDK for Flash... and its written in Java. Yes, there is
a performance hit to the graphics rendering, but once the advantages of a
Java-based Flash player are realized, you'll wonder how you ever lived
without it...

Well, I again apologize for my off-topic rambling. Thanks for your time
(and bandwidth!).


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