paul at devonianfarm.com
Wed Jan 31 18:50:45 EST 2007
edward potter wrote:
> Java seems to have a number of fits and starts over the last 10
> years, but hanging on. Python can of course be used for all things web
> based, and can also create full blown applications too. (bittorrent
> for one), I'm still just a beginner.
Java is my language of choice for jobs that aren't a good fit for
PHP. Java is fast for numeric and symbol processing work -- better than
half the speed of FORTRAN or C, with the software engineering
advantages of objects, garbage collection and all that.
Last summer I wrote a sudoku solver in Java -- the program can end
up trying a large number of combinations if the puzzle is difficult, so
I wanted it to be in a language faster than PHP.
My son got two copies of "Chutes and Ladders" for Christmas, so
I've been interested in writing a Java program that plays a few billion
games and reports on the statistics.
I'm not a big fan of Python. I really got into JPython around
1999, but after wasting half a day tracking down a program that didn't
work right because of an invisible change in whitespace in a source file
I got back from someone who used a different text editor, I decided I'd
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