Friday, March 31, 2006

"The Java Problem" (Sun Memo)

Java is slow, piggish, and breaks otherwise-stable software with every new release. We all know that. Or at least Sun Microsystems does: Read this incredible internal Sun memo (dating to 2003, but still very much applicable).

"Within Sun, Java is not viewed as a satisfactory language for the construction of commercial applications."

"That our Java implementation is perceived as inappropriate for many uses is supported by internal documents and policies."

A great, great memo, filled with priceless insights.

One of my personal favorites:

"Our experience in filing bugs against Java has been to see them rapidly closed as 'will not fix'. 22% of accepted non-duplicate bugs against base Java are closed in this way as opposed to 7% for C++."

A particularly noteworthy aside concerns one engineer's desperate quest to circumvent resource exhaustion on Solaris Servers by implementing a particular daemon using J2ME code (yes, that's right: J2ME).

You have to read this memo for yourself. If you're like me, you won't know whether to laugh, cry, or go to work for the circus.