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Sun Digging Deep for Dynamic Language Support

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-08-01 Print this article Print

Sun Microsystems is looking at Java extensions to better support dynamic languages on the Java Virtual Machine.

REDMOND, Wash.—Sun Microsystems is planning to increase support for dynamic languages and is looking at various ways to better allow dynamically typed languages to run on the Java Virtual Machine.

Gilad Bracha, a computational theologist at Sun delivered a presentation called "Dynamically Typed Languages on the Java Platform" at the Lang.NET 2006 Symposium here on August 1, and said Sun plans to broaden its support for dynamic or scripting languages.

"It has come to our attention that some people want to program in things other than Java," Bracha quipped.

Sun is broadening its support for dynamic languages to satisfy user demand, but also to help broaden the overall community of developers who use the Java platform, Bracha said.

Moreover, Bracha, who joked that "it is good to be behind former enemy lines," noted that among the benefits of enhancing Sun's support for dynamic languages is simplifying implementers' lives.

He also said better support for dynamic languages also would likely yield more good implementations for programmers to use, and provide potential for "awesome performance over time."

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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
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