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my rant^H^H^H^Hruminations on "enterprise" Java

On 18/08/05, John Chambers <jc at> wrote:
> One of hist comments stood out in my mind: "Something a  Perl  hacker
> can  do  in  an hour, a team of J2EE programmers have to spend a week
> on."
> My immediate reaction was "Yeah, but a team of perl programmers would
> also take a week to do it. And a real java hacker would probably take
> two hours."

I doubt very seriously that any problem that has a two-hour Perl
solution has a two-hour Java solution that's worth a damn, and vice
versa. Both languages have their uses, but they're very very

For example, I had to write two tools to talk over a UDP connection to
a wodge of code. I wrote the user input menu tool in Java, but I wrote
the "beat the hell out of the other guy" code in Perl. The nice thing
is that both of them have really really simple socket libraries. :--)

Gordon Marx
gcmarx at

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