Develop in Java or not?
I have used C++ and Delphi 4 in the past. I switched to a manager job for more then 5 years, no writing of code was needed. Now i'm a self-employed IT consultant. A customer asked me to develop a new program for his shop, so i will start programming again but i have to choose a language to start with.
I always liked Java but because the JVM was slow in the past, i never used it. Now i've read some articles about Java 6 being the "desktop-edition" with very nice features (and even a database). But is the JVM still slow for desktop applications?
Is Java a language to use for developing applications for small businesses (< 50 users), like most of my clients? Can you deploy a Tomcat or websphere in these kind of companies? Or is this only for the large ones? Should i go for the .net platform or can java do the job?
Please some advice / comment.