Despite all the hype, Java is still behind C++ as the object oriented language of choice, according to research by Cutter Information, but ahead of Microsoft's Visual Basic.
While 38 per cent of the 200 US IT professionals questioned still used C++ to build their object oriented applications, only 30 per cent developed in Java. However, the much maligned Smalltalk language still managed to beat Microsoft's Visual Basic.
Paul Harmon, author of the report - entitled 'Component development strategies' - said: "The fact that Java wasn't even available three years ago makes its showing here surprising. It suggests that a very large number of recent departmental applications have been developed in Java. And it certainly suggests that at least to date, the Internet is supporting the use of Java for desktop development and not Visual Basic."
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