Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Java and Mono

I am a "Java guy": search for "Java consultant" on any major search engine, I am the first non-paid-for link. I think this is because of my writing, but I am not sure.

While I think that server side Java is the greatest thing going (for server side development), I also find many other programming languages to be very productive: Common Lisp (and Scheme) and Smalltalk for research on new algorithms, etc., Python for small tasks (I have never used Python for large system development, although using Zope/Plone as a proof of concept, Python obviously is good for large projects), Prolog for search and NLP, etc.

I tried the Mono 9.x beta framework on Mac OS X a few weeks ago, and thought it looked OK. As we "speak", I am downloading the 1.0 DMG for the Mac - maybe I will kick the tires tonight if I have some time.

I think that the "Microsoft patent issue" with Mono is worrisome, but technically I think that the Mono project is very worthwhile.

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