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On 9/17/06, Joan Iglesias <joan.iglesias / yahoo.es> wrote:
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>  and because there isn't a big company behind (like in Java), that forces
> backward compatibility ALWAYS.


Java has a long and annoying history of breaking older versions. That's one
of the reasons why companies that ship Java-based products generally require
a specific Java version. And Sun, in their infinite wisdom, made it a
violation of their license to ship a runtime package that you know will work
with your code, so this solution is only available to companies that are
able and willing to pay Sun to make an exception for them.

Microsoft and Intel are the companies that have always been really
aggressive about preserving back-compatibility. And developers have rewarded
them richly for it.

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