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Thread: Difference Between The Terms 'Architecture Neutral'l and 'Platform Independent'

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    Hello, I have just started learning Java from a local teacher, this teacher said that the Architecture Neutral refers to Hardware while Platform Independent refers to Operating System, but I found a link to a White Paper by James Gosling. The chapter 4 of this White Paper mentions about both binary code format that is independent of hardware architecture and operating system interfaces, but the main point to be noted is that he has put both under the heading Architecture Neutral.

    Does it mean that the original buzz word is Architecture Neutral, which includes both hardware and operating system independence?
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    Default Re: Difference Between The Terms 'Architecture Neutral'l and 'Platform Independent'

    Welcome to the Forum! Please read this topic to learn how to post code correctly and other useful tips for newcomers.

    I suggest you have this discussion with your teacher.

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    I have already discussed it with him but he says that both terms are different, but I am not convinced by his answer, so I asked this question on this forum. I will be very thankful if someone can differentiate between these terms.

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    Default Re: Difference Between The Terms 'Architecture Neutral'l and 'Platform Independent'

    The honest answer to this question is that it's probably not a distinction that matters very much in the real world.
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    Default Re: Difference Between The Terms 'Architecture Neutral'l and 'Platform Independent'

    I guess different people will define these terms differently. You should think about it yourself and decide what you think makes more sense.
    After all, its not a law of physics and there is no evil god that will throw lightning bolts at you for using the wrong definition.

    When in doubt, do what your teacher says to get a good grade.

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