Brian Goetz: Paving the On-Ramp (To Java)

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  • groovy

    Apache Groovy: A powerful multi-faceted programming language for the JVM platform

    Doesn't Groovy (https://groovy-lang.org) achieve much of this? I remember being taught with it at university for some time before they introduced Java. With Groovy you don't need the class or main method, and can have a program which is just `println "Hello world!"`.

  • packr

    Packages your JAR, assets and a JVM for distribution on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X (by libgdx)

    > they quickly realize they need Windows, and a Mac, and maybe Linux just to make packages that their friends can run

    And when they test it on Windows they'll realize that the launcher that jpackage creates does something weird on startup (involving relaunching itself it seems?) that makes Windows display a busy cursor for a while after the program has launched, so they have to forget about jpackage and redo it all with something like Packr [1] and Wix# [2]...

    [1] https://github.com/libgdx/packr

    [2] https://github.com/oleg-shilo/wixsharp

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