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We had some good entertainment this month, with Tim Bray and theServerSide making lots of noise but not really much light (about PHP vs Java scalability, see the news items below). In both cases they should really have known better - in Tim's case he should have known that his position means that anything that casts even a slightly negative light on Java will get blown out of proportion. TheServerSide probably has less blame - the odd sensational headline is difficult for a media site to turn down and, as long as its not the start of a trend, is fair enough. In all the noise, the fact that these were opinions and not measured analyses seems to have got lost.

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As for Ruby on Rails (RoR), the third element in Tim Bray's comparison, well anyone who has spent a decade in IT has seen the RoR 4GL type of phenomena happen again and again. Someone comes up with a new way of doing development that seems way faster. Its taken up in a wave of enthusiasm. It turns out you can do the simple stuff in it, but as soon as you do anything slightly off the beaten path it becomes a world of pain (as apparently is the case with RoR). Disillusion sets in. After 5 years no one is developing in it, after 10 years projects have almost all been migrated off it. But at some point, one of these 4GLs will work for the non-simple cases too. Then someone's going to become richer than Bill Gates and our industry will (finally) move on. Meanwhile, Java is usually the best option for the job (my point of view, of course).

Now on to our newsletter. And we have Javva the Hutt continuing to tell us all about what he was doing while he was away. (For those of you who don't know Javva, or want a reminder, we've added a page for you to access all his old columns here.) And of course we have our other news, this months selected articles, tools, and our many new extracted performance tips . Out of the articles from this month, Tony Printezis's blog is essential reading if you are using JNI - and a little birdie tells me there will be quite an interesting JNI performance related analysis in the comments, so if its not there now, check back to Tony's blog in a couple of days.

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