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> I always have an hard time with the amount of indirection an average Java developer can reach.

It probably has to do with the "enterprise" culture that tends to err on the side of overgeneralising things and applying far too much abstraction (Java came into being at a time when the OOP fad was gaining significant traction.) The standard library also being in that style encourages this too.

But things like Java4K suggest that it's definitely possible to do a lot in a tiny amount of code.

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