programming languages & GNU PG
Thu Jul 19 18:03:01 2001
Tuomas Pellonpera wrote:
> What is the significance of assembly language and Java for developing
> cryptographic applications, such as GnuPG?
I didn't see any crypto software being mainly developed in such languages.
The only other language than C I have seen crypto software in is Delphi.
> Is there any observable trend to move away from C to, for example, C++
> and/or Java (now that there is a free implementation of Java -- Kaffe)?
Why would someone want to program crypto software in such a language?
Writing crypto software often requires manipulating stuff on the bit
level - something Java is not good at. Not to mention its dependence
on either slow, bulky virtual machines, or buggy native compilers (J++).
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