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Bruce Eckel

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Is Jikes Being Abandoned? (View in Weblogs)
Posted: Jul 24, 2005 7:30 AM
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Their last update is almost a year ago.
It says:
"Posted By: jikesadmin
Date: 2004-10-03 22:03
Summary: 1.22 released

"This release supports compilation using the rt.jar shipped with the released version of Java 5.0, but otherwise has no more support for new language features than 1.21 did."

It's mysterious, since historically jikes has been used as the background compiler for Eclipse, and Eclipse now supports J2SE5.0 features.

Noam Tamim

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Re: Is Jikes Being Abandoned? Posted: Jul 25, 2005 6:23 AM
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The real question is this:
Do we (the Java community) need Jikes, now that Eclipse has a great compiler that supports all of 1.5 features and can be used from Ant build files (see

I know, it's nice to have choice. But a compiler is a complicated piece of software, and the new language features are not easy to add.

- Noam.

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