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Paul Graham and Java?

Posted by jonathansimon on November 29, 2004 at 11:39 AM PST

Is Paul Graham, a very open and strong opponent of Java, using it himself? Well, not exactly.

But Paul Graham's former company ViaWeb that was sold to Yahoo is. The last issue of Swing Sightings points to the Java based Yahoo site builder application for small business.

Ordinarily, I wouldn't make a big deal out of something like this. But a decent amount of effort was spent in Hackers and Painters slamming Java and explaining why the entire success of ViaWeb was really because of Lisp. So, you have to at least appreciate the irony in that the remnants of the company he used as an example of why not to use Java -- are now using Java themselves.

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