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A look at some Java performance “urban legends”

May 27, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

This online article at IBM's developerWorks website takes a look at some Java performance “urban legends” and sets the record straight. A handy list of resources is also included. From the introduction . . .

“Urban legends are kind of like mind viruses; even though we know they are probably not true, we often can't resist the urge to retell them (and thus infect other gullible 'hosts') because they make for such good storytelling. Most urban legends have some basis in fact, which only makes them harder to stamp out. Unfortunately, many pointers and tips about Java performance tuning are a lot like urban legends — someone, somewhere, passes on a 'tip' that has (or had) some basis in fact, but through its continued retelling, has lost what truth it once contained . . .”

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