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Java vs .Net framework

Ali Gilani
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Joined: Mar 01, 2002
Posts: 137
i was thinking of learning a prograaming language. What is better the whole java language or the .net framework. microsoft has introduced c# is it universal like java?can u plz tell me more.
Cindy Glass
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Joined: Sep 29, 2000
Posts: 8521
Java can be used with .net. as well as c#. You just use the appropriate compiler to create the output files for the CLR (kinda like a JVM) to read.

If you learn java, learning c# will take you maybe a couple of hours - they are REALLY similar.
C# ONLY works with .Net (at least for now). Java works all over the place.
Just my humble opinion.
Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
Posts: 7023
To toot the Java horn a bit...
Java is a nice language for learning. It's language is relatively simple and Java has removed some of the buggy aspects of previous languages. C# brings some of those potentially confusing aspects back in.
And to reiterate what Cindy said a bit, once you know Java, to learn C# (or some other similar language) is a lot less work (a breeze even).
Plus, with Java you have wonderful communities to support your studies - like JavaRanch!
Good Luck,
-Dirk Schreckmann

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Dale DeMott
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Joined: Nov 02, 2000
Posts: 515
One of the nice things too is that Java is established. .NET isn't. Java is proven and has been around for quite some time.

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