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Subject:  Re: Yet another Java flaw Date:  10/1/2012  11:21 PM
Author:  mmrmnhrm Number:  182033 of 190555

What actually is Java used for?

When you want to be able to write the code once, and run it on a variety of systems without the hassle of recompiling for any number of $OS and $ARCH variables. There isn't a whole lot of this given how (despite Mac fanboi's protestations otherwise) $OS is generally Win6.1 or higher, and $ARCH is nearly always i586 or compatible. However, there are folks out there who cater to diverse environments, where $OS could be Windows, OSX, Linux, or BSD, and $ARCH could be practically anything built in the last ten years. In those cases, Java put together with free standards like OpenGL can be a godsend.
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