Java vs. Arc vs. COBOL

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What is Java?

Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!

What is Arc?

Arc is designed for exploratory programming: the kind where you decide what to write by writing it. A good medium for exploratory programming is one that makes programs brief and malleable, so that's what we've aimed for. This is a medium for sketching software.

What is COBOL?

COBOL was one of the first programming languages to be standardised: the first COBOL standard was issued by ANSI in 1968. COBOL is primarily used in business, finance, and administrative systems for companies and governments.

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Why do developers choose Java?
Why do you like Java?

Why do developers choose Arc?
Why do you like Arc?

Why do developers choose COBOL?
Why do you like COBOL?

What are the cons of using Java?
Downsides of Java?

What are the cons of using Arc?
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Downsides of Arc?

What are the cons of using COBOL?
No Cons submitted yet for COBOL
Downsides of COBOL?

What companies use Java?
2951 companies on StackShare use Java
What companies use Arc?
8 companies on StackShare use Arc
What companies use COBOL?
6 companies on StackShare use COBOL
What tools integrate with Java?
66 tools on StackShare integrate with Java
What tools integrate with Arc?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with Arc
What tools integrate with COBOL?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with COBOL

What are some alternatives to Java, Arc, and COBOL?

  • JavaScript - Lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions
  • PHP - A popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development
  • HTML5 - 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web
  • Python - Python is a clear and powerful object-oriented programming language, comparable to Perl, Ruby, Scheme, or Java.

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