Patrick Logan contributes to the ongoing discussion about the varied representation of data in Java. All this talk about how Sun should have designed the language reminds me of the way dissatisfied C++ programmers talked when Java was launched in 1995-96, and it lends credence to the idea that the next big language is going to represent everything as an object. If so, that language might already be here: Ruby.

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Or Smalltalk.

If Smalltalk was going to become the next big language, wouldn't that have already happened?

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