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This is such an interesting observation!

I learned Java in school and have used it tangentially at work for the last ~2 years, but I've always bounced off how unnecessarily complex the ecosystem has always seemed. I've used Go for substantially less time, but I definitely find it far more intuitive and simple to use.

Thank you for the insight!


Java the language is okay, but everything "surrounding" it (tools, frameworks, ecosystem) is horribly overengineered - just look at tools like Eclipse or Maven, or frameworks like J2EE and Spring with their infinite "flexibility" and configurability (99% of which you rarely need, if ever).

I think the Java world never learned the mantra "less is more".


Well, I think maven should not be in this list.

Hmm I beg to differ, I think Maven is also more complicated than it should be (compared to package managers in other languages like npm, gem, composer and so on).

But maybe that's not entirely Maven's fault, Java's build process is a lot more complex than for the other languages (which largely don't even have a build process), and Maven is of course not just a dependency manager but also a build tool.

Well, Maven is definitely not a simple tool to grasp and use efficiently, but it extremely powerful and versatile while still rather compact and fast. What is even more important, it's one of the most reliable build/dependency management tool in the long run. It's hard to underestimate this property for projects living for many years. Fancy attempts to replace Maven (I'm looking at you, Groovy) do not hold this property, unfortunately, although they somewhat address Maven steep learning curve.


Exactly ! It's not the language, it's the mindset around it.


Thank you <3

It was very pleasant to hack on side projects in Go after a full day working with Java: its simplicity comes as a breath of fresh air.


Instead of switching language I've decided to try to change approach. In spare time I'm working on the project which takes significantly different approach to writing code in Java.

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