Revolutionary Java

Rails conf has its share of Java bashing, as you might expect. I'm surprised that there's less talk of .NET or Python or Perl, but I guess it's natural given the number of Rails programmers who come from a Java background. It's what they know.

Last night over drinks, Ben Moore asked me an interesting question. Whatever the next revolutionary software development is, will it be written in Java? What advanatages does Java have over Ruby?

We came up with the JVM, the libraries, and the speed of Java. A lot of academic work is done in Java so there is a big body of research going on in Java. But is that enough?

We also agreed that even if Java is surpassed by Ruby it's not going to go away. But the Java sector may stop growing. I think you see that already with respect to the adoption of C# and .NET.

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