Subject: Re: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 15:01:20 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Kenny Tilton
| Did they say Java was write-once, run many?  Did they say C++ was
| powerful?

  For purposes of the discussion about the level of accuracy, detail and
  "political party"-like treatment that Lisp got in comparison with other
  languages get, it might be worth looking at the entries for Java and C++:

Java - Modular object-oriented programming lgnauge developed by Sun
    Microsystems in 1995 specifically for the Internet.  Java is based on
    the ida that the same software should run on many different kinds of
    computers, consumer gadgets, and other devices; its code is translated
    according to the needs of the machine on which it is running.  The most
    visible examples of Java software are the interactive programs called
    "applets" that animate sites on the World Wide Web, where Java is a
    standard creative tool.  Java provides an interface to HTML.

C++ - Object-oriented version (see object-oriented programming) of the
    computer programming language C.  Developed by Bjarne Stroustrup of
    Bell Laboratories in the early 1980s, it is a traditional C language
    with added object-oriented capabilities.  C++, along with Java, has
    become popular for developing commercial software packages that
    incorporate multiple interrelated applications.

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