What would Sun do if a new language suddenly spiked in popularity? Have the language run on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), according to the "father of Java" James Gosling.
Speaking at the Sun Tech Days in Sydney, Gosling told Builder AU that Sun would definitely look at making the new language run on the JVM for a number of reasons.
"For one you get serious rocket-science optimisers, for another you get really good interoperability between languages," he said.
Gosling also cited the interoperability benefits that the JVM could provide, enabling developers to use each language in its chosen niche while avoiding the language's pitfalls.
"In a lot of languages, they don't really mesh well with other parts of the system being written in other languages, and if you've got something like the JVM it makes it work a whole lot better," he said.
"People have done amazingly interesting jobs of having other languages run on top of the JVM."
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.