Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Java Developer's Journal - JDJ Asks...IBM [Don Ferguson interview]

Java Developer's Journal - JDJ Asks...IBM [Don Ferguson interview]
": Is there a meaningful approach to comparing WebSphere (J2EE?) to .NET?
: You mean, outside the fact that we're vastly superior? Seriously, I think the functional overlap between .NET and J2EE is about 80-90%. They learn from what we do and vice versa. At the same time, we also feel that WebSphere is much further ahead and much more mature in terms of the implementation of those common functions. .NET will always be limited to a homogeneous Windows environment, while J2EE will be cross-platform and cross-vendor. As for the much touted (at least by MSFT) capability of .NET to support multiple development languages, other languages will begin to appear in "J2EE" as well. We already support JavaScript in WebSphere. I think the approach in the CLR is not workable and overly complex, and simpler models to multilanguage are more appropriate."
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