Cast not your Perl before swine?

Steve smorrey at
Mon Dec 17 13:59:52 MST 2007


On Dec 17, 2007 1:56 PM, Bryan Sant <bryan.sant at> wrote:
> On Dec 17, 2007 11:43 AM, Steven Alligood <steve at> wrote:
> > Um.  Because it is a resource hog?
> >
> > > Why purposely avoid Java?
> It is?  The JVM is actually very efficient with its use of resources.
> I think the false impression that people have about Java being loose
> with resources is that fact that the JVM will use as much memory as
> you give it permission to use.  By default, the JVM sets that limit to
> be 128MB of RAM (admittedly high for a default in my opinion).
> However, Java SE can run in 1MB of RAM, and Java ME can run in
> kilobytes on your phone.  Sloppy, resource hungry apps can be written
> in any language, including Java, but there is nothing inherently
> inefficient about the way Java handles resources.
> BTW - is there a handy linux utility to measure the amount of RAM a
> process allocs?  Something similar to what "time" does for CPU usage.
> -Bryan
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