Low Level Language Suggestions: OT

Victor Subervi victorsubervi at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 09:04:08 PST 2007

Thanks for the comments. It's a serious project. It appears that no one has
yet done anything substantial in open source for translation, which is a $12
billion/yr industry. Go figure. Sounds like C++ is the way to go. Now,
getting back on topic :) I know that one has to install all sorts of s/w and
rebuild the kernel for working with Java. Is that true of C++ as well? Or is
it like C, native to FBSD?

On Dec 31, 2007 12:55 PM, Ivan Voras <ivoras at freebsd.org> wrote:

> Victor Subervi wrote:
> >I'm thinking Java's
> > probably my best bet, just because there are more Java programmers out
> there
> > than any other language (I think).
> That's almost always the *worst* reason for choosing a language. On
> similar basis, you might want to do it in PHP since "a lot of people use
> it".
> It's exceedingly tough to use Java for high-performance applications,
> especially if you're just starting out in it. It apparently can be done,
> but only by experts ("average" quality code in Java is almost certain to
> be slow).
> >But what about C++ or C#? Your comments
> > would be appreciated.
> C# is similar in this way to Java, though my own experience says it's
> faster than Java. C++ or C are, of course, faster than any of the
> mentioned languages.
> If it's not a serious project and you just want to learn a new language,
> try "D" (http://www.digitalmars.com/d/). It's similar to C, C++ and Java
> but has some very nice features that sometimes make it even Python-like.
>  It's almost as fast as C
> (
> http://shootout.alioth.debian.org/debian/benchmark.php?test=all&lang=dlang&lang2=gcc
> ).

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