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Java is Good Too

Published February 25, 2005
I've used Java for almost as long as I've been doing PHP development. Recently, I've been writing a really advanced Java Application that uses all the latest technologies: Swing, Web Services (via GLUE), Java Web Start (JWS) and much much more. It is fun slow work that is very cool. Java is awesome at GUI development. It is also surprising how fast it runs compared to .NET C# stuff I've done. Java being cross platform and totally portable (without all those Microsoft frameworks) is great. That being said, it is good at GUI stuff and backend stuff, but not frontend Web development. It is way too slow, uses too much resources and takes way too long to develop. So unlike many PHP developers that say "Use PHP not Java," I will say use both PHP and Java. Every language has their strongpoints. PHP is rapid application development for the Web and Java for easy GUI desktop apps. They both support full OOP and are just suited for different things.
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posted by Java Utilities on: Mar 5, 2005 05:05pm

Have you ever thought about writing Java programs that generate PHP on a webserver? I was thinking that might be a good solution for dynamic sites that appear to have static content.


Ronnie Schwartz is the CTO and founder of RustyBrick, an agile web & mobile development firm that creates effective applications and focuses on finding the right balance between time to production and software quality to get clients in front of their customers quickly and effectively. Ronnie brings over twenty years of innovative design, programming and management expertise to the table.

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