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On Nov 23, 2009, at 7:47 AM, David Kramer wrote:
> Uhm, that's what I said.  You can't write a portable C or C++ program
> with a GUI, or a database, or a web service, etc without involving
> (usually that means buying) third-party libraries.  Java offers other
> things, like a way of determining the running environment's text file
> line endings systematically, locale information like time zone and DST
> rules, etc.

How do you think Java got that way?  Third-party libraries.  All of what you list there is handled by NSPR.  Really all of the system-level abstraction in Java is through NSPR with the exception of graphics.

--Rich P.

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