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This was the case years ago but by now with all the people working in python and ruby I don't believe for one second that CPAN has some commonly needed library that they don't.

And if your only consideration is the size of the library, don't bother with perl. Java's library collection dwarfs it easily.




Java's library collection dwarfs it easily.

I've seen (and track) CPAN's numbers. Where can I see similar statistics for Java's library collection?


Are you seriously challenging this? Java was the number 1 language for years with all kinds of big businesses throwing people at it. Java easily has more libraries than any other language. No matter how obscure the subject, I've never had trouble had trouble finding a Java library for it (usually several).

No, I'm not aware of a central CPAN-like repo for Java, so what?


Are you seriously challenging this?

If what you say is true, you should easily be able to provide hard numbers.


Fine, you caught me. I'm indeed to lazy to go look this up for you just to prove that Java has more libraries than some dead (as in COBOL-dead) programming language.


>>CPAN has some commonly needed library that they don't.

There is a long tail for libraries, too. That is, the sum of all seldomly needed libraries is big. So you will often find yourself in need of libs where you'll get a better hit rate on CPAN.


Not than Java, no way.




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