Java compatibility? (was Re: Not a bash, just the facts)
Matthew R. Dempsky
mrd at alkemio.org
Sun Mar 26 03:09:55 UTC 2006
On Sat, Mar 25, 2006 at 10:35:06PM +0000, Daniel Carrera wrote:
> Matthew R. Dempsky wrote:
> >The last programming competition I went to, I remember there being
> >*four* versions of Java available. Seems really ironic for a language
> >with compatibility as a core goal.
> Where they compatible? Could a program written for one version run on
> a later version?
I coded mostly in C and a little C++, so I wouldn't know. However, I
would presume that if they were compatible, there would not have been a
need for so many or for specifying which version you used when
submitting your code.
For comparison, they only provided one C compiler.
> Were versions from different vendors compatible?
Again, I don't know. I seem to recall one version was from IBM and
three versions were from Sun (some 1.5.x release and two 1.4.x
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