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January 20, 2007
(This post is from my old, old, super old site. My views have changed over the years, hopefully my writing has improved, and there is now more than a handful of folks reading my site. Enjoy.)

Duncan Davidson: What does No Java on the iPhone Mean?

"Let me say this a different way: All of the great and compelling desktop applications for the Mac are written in C, Objective-C, and C++ using several different frameworks. Every. Single. One."

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I made my living off writing Java apps (most of the time anyway) for 7 long years, and I'm perfectly content to see it off the iPhone. Java works for the server side, but neither Sun or IBM just couldn't get it together in a compelling way for desktop apps.

Update: Joe Heck on iPhone, Java, and Flash, and of course the parent post "Java to the iPhone: Can you hear me now?" by Daniel H. Steinberg.