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  • IMO these are absolutely a response to C#. Most people in the open source Java communities I run in seem to think so as well. I don't think this is a bad thing -- hopefully this will become a virtuous cycle where both languages innovate -- well, for a limited definition of innovate :-) -- and force each other to be more responsive to the day-to-day users.

    I think most of the innovation in Java is bubbling up from (surprise!) the opensource community. For instance, there are a number of projects that implem

  • Use perl. Use ocaml. Use C. These were all designed by people with actual
    problems to solve. (well, okay, ocaml does have some degree of silly
    academicness to it . . . :)

    Java and C# are silly corporate-PR-hyped things.

    For what application would either Java or C# be better than one of {perl, ocaml,

        perl: super-compact notation (perl -pe is the super-sed)
        ocaml: speed, correctness, quite compact notation
        C: total control, no surprises from the compiler
  • That will (and I think rightly so) not be in the Java language anytime soon.

    I think the improvements are a little of both Sun listening and C# competition.

    Perl is great and I use it. Try writing a really huge application in it and still maintain your sanity. : )