GNU Java vs. Sun Java: What's the difference, what is better?
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Mon Dec 25 23:53:33 UTC 2006
Dotan Cohen wrote:
> On 25/12/06, Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca> wrote:
>> Huh? _educated_ people still can't seem to grasp the difference between
>> Java is. "Normal" users don't have a clue what programming languages
>> are, because "normal" users don't program.
> Do normal people not know the difference between a gearbox and an
> exhaust pipe because they are not mechanics?
I'd say that's probably pretty true of _many_ normal people. However, the
more accurate comparison is more like "drive shaft" and "universal joint".
They might understand the concept of a programming language, but they don't
know anything about specific languages. They might be able to identify the
driveshaft, but they don't know what the universal joints are. You need to
get out more - talk to a few Windows users and ask them what Java is. My
guess is the most common responses will be either "Coffee" or "an island in
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