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Are native byte code compilers bad?

 
Steffen Foldager
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I know the mantra of java is "write once, run anywhere". But no matter how hard I try, I can't accept the long startup-times and the poor performance of gui-applications, compared to native code compiled C++ (or other) applications.
So, if we for one second assume that I'm writing an application, that has to run on one platform only, and that platform being a very common namely Win NT. Why don't I compile either the java source files or the class files into native Wintel byte code?
I've seen two products, that claim they can do it: JOVE from Instantiation and BulletTrain from Naturalbridge. Does anyone have experience with these products, that compile from class files to native code, with the exception of certain swing-elements and dynamic class loading and reflection?
 
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