Java compatibility? (was Re: Not a bash, just the facts)

Michael T. Richter ttmrichter at
Sun Mar 26 03:14:44 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-25-03 at 21:44 -0500, Michael R. Head wrote:

> >> Java is backwards-compatible.
> >> One exception: deprecated features.

> > This translates to "Java is backwards-compatible, except where it
> > isn't", Alan.  That's not resoundingly persuasive.  ;)

> Has any deprecated feature ever actually been removed?

I don't know.  I've been avoiding Java as much as possible.  I was
commenting on Alan's wording, not on Java.  The wording was "Java is
backwards-compatible except where it isn't."

Personally I think that backwards-compatibility of programming languages
is a shibboleth (as is the whole idea of "cross-platform code" -- but
that's another holy cow entirely).  So Java not being
backwards-compatible isn't particularly important for me even were I to
use Java.

Michael T. Richter
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