The madness begins

Welcome to my weblog, said the spider to the fly ...

I have a long list of issues that I might expound upon here, on the egotistical and satisfying assumption that you, gentle reader, have nothing better to do with your time than read this (or, more realistically, that you find that reading blogs beats working).

Expect postings on closures, tuples, dynamic language support, generics, verification etc. However, I might as well start off with the sexiest issue on my list.

People that know me are aware that I don’t regard the Java programming language as the be-all and end-all of programming languages.

In fact, several people at Sun, past and present, would love to spend their time on a new language, free from the shackles of compatibility. So while much of this blog will be about the existing language (and VM), why it is the way it is, and ideas for where it is going, some of it will be about some semi-mythical future language. Graham Hamilton already gave it a name: Kenya.

We would like to hear ideas for the next-big-thing in programming languages. Maybe, just maybe, the company will even start giving grants to academics to study these ideas. I, for one, welcome brutal critiques of mainstream programming languages. Brutal critiques that make sense are even better.

Now, don’t expect me to actually respond to any comments on this blog. I almost certainly won’t; I may be too busy, or I may think you’re too stupid, crazy, evil or all of the above for me to spend time on your rantings. Nevertheless, do try to be articulate, polite (yes, brutal and polite - no contradiction there) and above all, intelligent. I don’t tolerate fools gladly, as that only creates a feedback loop that breeds more fools.

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