Jeremy Tregunna wrote:
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> Le 06-08-08 01:37, Francis Cianfrocca a ˝─rit :
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>>>
>>> The first release date of the Java language white paper was somewhere
>>> in 1994, so you might think Ruby predates Java, but in fact:
>>>
>>>   * the development of the Java language (formerly named Oak language)
>>>     started in 1991, if I remember correctly.
>>>   * the first public release of Ruby was December 1995.
>>>
>>> As a conclusion, Java is slightly older than Ruby.
>>>
>>>                                                         matz.
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>> If one considers the appearance of the famous Dr. Dobbs article to be 
>> the
>> "public release" of Java, it appeared in May 1995. Predates Ruby's 
>> public
>> release but not by much.
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> Does it *really* matter which came first? 
Yes.