It's possibly a blatant over-generalisation, but I get the impression that
most Java programmers are the people who learn whatever language the
marketing people tell them is the latest, coolest langauge, and/or
whatever languge they can earn most money contracting in.

Unfortunately, that langauge is Java on both counts.

Real hackers tend to evaluate languages on the merits of the language
alone.  They're more likely to use Perl than Java, or to use a combination
of several different language as and when is appropriate.  They care more
about getting the job done than getting the next job.

Just my 2 bits, of course.


A


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