Java or C++

Malay curiouser at
Fri Apr 7 07:33:54 EST 2000

Dear Gurus:

I am a Ph.D. student in Molecular Biology and have a plan to persue a career
in Bioinformatics. I have a strong background in Javascript/html and I am
quite comfortable with C and Perl. I want to learn a "real programming
language" and not being able to choose between Java and C++. On one hand
Java has the advantage of being platform-independent and writing a GUI based
program in Java is very easy. On the flip side Java is extremely slow and
migration into system level programming is almost impossible. On the other
hand, C++ will be an eternal language and particularly with increasing
popularity of Linux will be an important language in the days to come and
writing elementary GUI with platform independent toolkits like wxWindows are
not very difficult.

Under such circumstances I'd appreciate your comments in this regard. Which
language will be "the language" in Bioinformatics, Java or C++?

Thank to you all who will help in shaping up my career!


Malay Kumar Basu
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology
Hyderabad 500007

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