Comparing Strings For Equality

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Java’s slogan is “Write once, run anywhere”; but perhaps it should be, “Write once, run anywhere except Turkey.” Java is a wonderful programming language that’s loved and adored around the world, but not in Turkey, a nation of more than 60 million people. Nor is Java all that popular with the millions of Turkish speakers outside of Turkey. Sun didn’t use the Turkish flag to diaper the tiger cub at JavaOne 2004, but for all the adoption Java’s seen in Turkey, they might as well have. It’s not just the Java language that’s unpopular, either. Most programs written in Java that run just fine in the United States exhibit intolerable bugs in Turkey.