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Stephen Downes, Dec 29, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So href="http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/clist/clist.cgi?topic=1089994693&post=1104333933">a note in my discussion area prompted me to try to install Sakai, the open source learning management system. As a result I hate added yet another chapter to my legion of "I hate Java" stories. Everything went fine until I tried to insatll it. I have Java correctly installed, as per the instructions - a JRE (Java Runtime Engine) that I use for Java plugins on websites. Should work, according to the quick-start instructiona. But, of course, it doesn't. The first sign of trouble: "Unable to locate tools.jar. Expected to find it in /usr/lib/SunJava2-1.4.2/lib/t ools.jar" And when it ultimately died: "JAVA_HOME should point to a JDK not a JRE." Sheesh. I spent more time trying to install the Java SDK, which had the net effect of disabling my JRE, so now nothing works. In all fairness, this is a typical of Java - the rule, not the exception. And that - Chapter 22 - is why I hate Java. By contrast - I picked up a Python text in Ottawa, found it was already installed, installed and ran IDLE (the editor) without a problem, ran various programs - everything works beautifully and you don't need to worry about having the x.y.z version of the thing. Sakai? Python. QED.
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