Java runs on 97 per cent of PCs in the enterprise
Oh how I wish I could dump the sack of shit...
Released in 1995, Java went from a language running in a browser to the ubiquitous platform of today, one which underpins the entire industry and with deep tentacles in enterprise IT. After more than 20 years, Java remains one of the world’s most popular programming languages and employed by nine million devs. Java runs on 97 …
“People believed they’d move from Java to HML5 but the pace of change for line-of-business apps in the enterprise is very slow.”
In a major teaching hospital trust in England, the Patient Administration System that runs the whole place requires (drumroll please) Oracle Java 1.6.0_22 (build 04), 32 bit and ActiveState perl v5.12.2. Absolutely no other build will actually run the thing.
This is some god-awful American system that used to be called MUMPS Ulticare, but now has this Java monstrosity on the front end screen scraping the dumb terminal system underneath so it's now called Quadramed QCPR.
Millions of patient records are managed through the thing. It's terrifying.
Mumps (now called Cache) is a horror show and a canonical example of how NOT to design a programming language. (It makes the Obfuscated C contest look verbose in comparison)
(Google "The Daily WTF mumps" for several articles about it)
Dust off, Nuke it from Orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
If only. the Trust "upgraded" to this thing in 2004 by choice.
All of the executives were taken by the vendor on multiple "fact finding" trips to very nice resorts in the US before the purchase decision was made, but I'm sure that this had nothing to do with the final decision to pay millions for this POS.