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Published: Mar 15 2010 / 16:20

In a blog in 2006 Neal Gafter wrote about how language design was fundamentally different to API design and how use cases were a bad approach to language design. This blog questions some of those conclusions in the context of the Java language.
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yakkoh replied ago:

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remark.1 -- enum has also an other origin: the Me too origin. C# has it, then Java has it. Frankly, who programs with enum? when you have classes?
remark.2 -- "Java is actually not a very good programming language": Java is a good language: it is used like crazy, copied like crazy(C#), and built upon like crazy (Clojure, all the Jsomething, ...).
remark.3 -- The problem with Java is dogma: for instance String should be string and a basic type with operators. Java should be compiled, called it Decaf or Robusta, but compiled.

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