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Re: Port Subversion to Java

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-11-26 22:47:34 CET

On Nov 26, 2004, at 1:27 PM, Gili wrote:

> All the major and not so major platforms have a full-fledged JVM and
> making
> Subversion work across all of them is far more trivial than porting
> that same code using C. I don't think this
> argument is disputed by anyone.

This directly contradicts my experience with Java. Historically, I've
always found it just as difficult to make Java run on every JVM as it
is to write portable C code. I laugh at anyone who tells me that Java
is "truly portable", the same way I'd laugh at anyone tells me the same
thing about C. :-)

But this isn't meant to be a language war. I think Java is a perfectly
good, extremely useful thing. I like it a lot.

Here's a reply as to why we wrote Subversion in C -- see the 5th
question on this page:

     http://www.red-bean.com/sussman/svn-anti-fud.html

Also, have you seen the beginnings of someone's attempt to reimplent an
svn client in Java? It may interest you greatly:

     http://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2004-11/1037.shtml

Hope this helps.

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