.NET or Java?

I have started to port uNmINeD to C#/.NET because I can’t get rid of Delphi internal compiler errors when using generic classes. Java is also an option, but I have to work in C# from now and I want to do some experimenting. Java would be a better choice because it’s available on MacOS and Linux, and Minecraft itself is also written in Java. Hmm.

Unmined should be developed in...

  • C#/.NET (30%, 29 Votes)
  • Java (70%, 69 Votes)

Total Voters: 98

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18 thoughts on “.NET or Java?

  1. emilio

    i just tried this today and it’s a wonderful utility! i especially like the map colors and style that it turns out.

    Java, please! i usually game on a Windows machine but do everything else on a Mac, so the cross-platform feature would be great. also, it brings up the possibility of a managed server-side process that could regularly update a hosted map!

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  2. Jonathan Dewar

    I’ve yet to come across a Java application for Windows that doesn’t have a terrible a UI. None of them ever use Windows’ native visual style, they always use that gray/blue/purple style that looks like came from the O/S2 era.

    If you can manage to develop this in Java and have it look native, I’m all for it, otherwise, I throw my vote in for C#/.NET.

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  3. RiverC

    As much as Java is a popular option here (given Minecraft that’s not suprising) – but as a person who has used both C# and Java, may I encourage you to try C#? The intensity of the memory operations required here would favor C# in a heartbeat. Granted, you won’t get the same portability you’d get with Python or Java, but … well, it’s not Python or Java. You may wish to decide by seeing how fast each runs a ported version of Ron Perlin’s noise function; that will give you an idea of what your basic speed penalty is.

    I would predict something like the following:

    Slowest to fastest, Python, Java, C#.

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  4. Ricowan

    Are you still working on this or is it dead? Any thoughts on releasing your pascal sources?

    I was curious too, why not just use normal classes instead of generics in the original code?

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    1. megasys Post author

      Generic classes are lists, arrays, caches and entity managers. Unmined has a thread library and an event system capable of multiple listeners, these contain a lot of generic stuff.

      I’m working on the C# version and planning some Java stuff too.

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      1. Ricowan

        Well, no, those are simple classes with specific data type requirements. That is, an array of ints requires ints to be passed in, etc. A generic class is one that encapsulates operations that are not specific to a particular data type.

        I’m not surprised that Delphi doesn’t support something like a generic array or list, but I’m pretty sure it supports simple arrays and lists.

        Not that I am disappointed to see this app move to C#, I prefer that over Delphi/Pascal, or even java, and I’m hoping some day the source will be opened up. :)

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  5. Spike

    Excellent work! We’re using your mapper. We’d like to place a link to your website if you’d like. Please keep up the great work (and hopefully keep it C# .NET =) ).

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  6. Gigabot

    Hey your mapper is great. Its hard enough to use the in-game maps that I constantly lose. And this has a zoom & slice.
    Java is nice and all but (the powerful) C is the best choice I would say.

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  7. some guys

    oh well guess you’ve decided to not support linux then.

    it’s not like you could have stuck to mono libs. oh well. i guess steam will drop linux support.

    ohhhhhhh wellllllll.

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