Just In Time compilation vs. the desktop and embedded worlds

Okay, rant mode on. As I was waiting for Eclipse to launch again today, it occured to me that one of the enduring mysteries of Java (and C#/.NET) for me is the continued dominance of just-in-time compilation as a runtime strategy for these languages, wherever they’re found. We’ve all read the articles that claim that… Continue reading Just In Time compilation vs. the desktop and embedded worlds

Is it my imagination?

Am I mis-remembering, or did Internet Explorer formerly produce more helpful error messages than this one when failing to connect to a website? Is this another IE7 “feature”? Why would you display the exact same error message for no network connectivity, a DNS failure, and a site that doesn’t respond? Given that it’s trivially easy… Continue reading Is it my imagination?