Microsoft shopping for Java alternative
janb at pmatrix.com
Fri Feb 12 23:46:43 UTC 1999
I see at http://www.zdnet.com/pcweek/stories/news/0,4153,1013901,00.html
that Microsoft may be shopping for a Java alternative. Perhaps we could
convince them Smalltalk would be a viable option. :)
Microsoft injecting $50M into Smalltalk would probably do wonders for it's
popularity. Smalltalk is an ANSI standard language and there are already a
number of Smalltalk developers around. They could also probably buy a
decade of already developed technology, to get things rolling fast. Sounds
like a lot shorter path than creating a brand new language.
implementation technology might also be a killer language.
On the downside, Microsoft probably has no interest in platform portability.
On the upside, I'm for almost anything that moves things away from the C++
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