Java and C++ A Critical Comparison

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Java and C++ A Critical Comparison - Software engineers are being forced to become multi-lingual. Any of you who have had the pleasure of creating a web site know this. Reading this article will be something like that. I freely swap between C++ and Java throughout. Those of you who are not familiar with Java need not fear, you will find the syntax to be very similar to C++. However, for serious readers, a Java reference guide might be a good thing to have nearby. Fortunately, the entire API for the current release of Java is on-line at CurrentRelease/api/.

I want to make it very clear this is not a diatribe against one language or another. I happen to like both Java and C++ quite a bit. I have been a long time programmer in C++, and have just begun to program in Java. I find programming in Java to be a joy. But then, I find programming in any language to be a joy, even JCL ;-).

This paper is simply a discussion of the differences in the two languages. I will not be commenting heavily upon deficiencies in C++. These are already very well documented (see Ian Joyner's famous critique of C++. For a copy write to: I will, however, be commenting about both the good and bad points that I perceive in Java. When I have good things to say, this should not be taken as a recommendation of Java. By the same token, when I have bad things to say, this should not be taken as a admonition against the use of Java. In both cases, it is just me venting my opinion. Nothing more. Up front, I'll say that I am looking forward to writing lots of neat Java applications and applets. But that I am not going to give up C++ any time soon either. Download free Java and C++ A Critical Comparison.pdf here

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