Bernie Cosell on Java

Java didn't feel right. My old reflexes hit me. Java struck me as too authoritarian. Thats one of the reasons why I mentioned that Perl felt so good, because it's got the safety and the checks but it is so damn multidimensioned that the artist part of me has a lot of free board to express things early and to think about the right way do things. I have some freedom.

When I first messed with Java—^this was /vhen it was little baby language, of course—I said, "Oh, this is just another one of those languages to help not-so-good programmers go down the straight and narrow by restricting what they can do." But maybe we've come to a point where Sat's the right thing. Maybe the world has gotten so dangerous you can't have a good, flexible language that one percent or two percent of the programmers will use to [make great art because the world is now populated with 75 million run-of-the-mill programmers building these incredibly Complicated applications and they need more help than that So maybe Java's the right thing. I don't know.


Describing his first impressions of it as authoritarian and designed for not-so-good programmers.

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 Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming
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