||The State of Java|
|Subject:||Java's Learning Wall|
I'll take Java over C++ any day, especially as a teaching language, but I'm very disappointed by how difficult it is to use the standard open source Java web programming toolset in the classroom. Students of mine at U of Toronto are trying to build a baby version of SourceForge using Tomcat, Hibernate, Tapestry, Eclipse, Ant, and JUnit. They're in their final year, and all have strong GPAs and/or industry experience, but it took most of them 30-40 hours to build a (very) simple book lending system. Almost all of that time was spent wrestling with classpaths and XML configuration files, rather than learning anything useful about building modern web applications.
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Java's Learning Wall
2004-11-01 15:28:20 robert hayes [View]