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The real problem with C# is that it is still basically Windows-specific. Yes, Mono is out there, but have you actually tried to build a Mono app without using Xamarin? Have you looked at what the Xamarin licenses cost? Once your project reaches a certain level of complexity, you have to pay them outrageous fees. And even with it, it still feels like you're operating something that could keel over at any second. The ecosystem there is just terrible, which is a shame because F# is such a great language.

The thing that makes Java so great as a platform is that there are so many totally reasonable tools that you can just download and use. Eclipse, IntelliJ (community version, which is still pretty good), the myriad of excellent alternative JVM languages, all freely available and cross platform.

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